TH B BELIZE '
WEEKLY NE W S.LE TTE R
Published by the Government Information Seivices
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..No. 49 ***** **** Up to 6th Decembe, 1965.
S..BELIZE CITY COUNCIL DIooOLVED
In exercise of powers tested in him,, the Minister ofLocal Gov-
.. ~ncnt has appointed Mi Alfred Val.ntine Campbell to be the I etu=ning.
Officer foi forthcoming municipal elections.
ThE..- outgoing Council came into office in Decembex 1962. It
wis.'-diss-olved on Novembcr 30th. .
Nominatiopt's day has been announced as December 10th.
THE OUTGOING CITY COUNCIL
A Record Of Progress And AchievemL nt.
Despite limited xesoucces and a growing capital city'built on
gi unds whose ..i6. lamat'ion and'improvement axe exceedingly difficult and
costly, the ongoing Belize City Council was able, at its final meeting,
t: present anmimpxeJsive Progress Report.
Fourteen streets had been reconstructed and a number of others
ma'iiitained, ripaired ox lesulfaced. This was in keeping with the
council's promise to cooperate with Central Government on improvements
to streets in the capital..
In keeping also with its manifesto pledges, bridges had been
builit- acx .os the Southside Canal, Yarboxough and Collet Canal.
Anothet promise was to improve both markets. These improve-
.ints had been carried out. And in addition Wcsby's Fish Market at
Lov.rs' point had proved a welcome facility for both fishermen and
-Again,, with the support and coDpcxation of the Council,
Central Govcrnment., though the Reconstxuction and Development Coxrpoa-
tion had p'ovided loans and grants to the value of mole than $1,500,090
fox the building of new houses and repairs to damaged ones.
Memoxial-Park had been consi-exably improved and the develop-
ment of Constitution Paik started. At Cinderella Town a playground fox
childxen-had be.en donated to the Council by the British Army...
The xeprDot showed quite clearly that more toilets and bathing
bea; ches7 had been.made available and that street facilities had improved
C-iJpe~ation With Central Government
More than twenty thousand square feet of space had been reclaim-
ed fIr cemeteries and Central Government had given an assurance that funds
will shortly be made available for the building of a new bridge across the
Haulaver Creek. A City bus service, the first ever, had been inaugurated.
Following presentation of the Progress Report the Deputy Lord
chy : expressed. satisfaction at the cooperation and hard work.which had
made possible the wonderful achievements the Council could boast.
.iL knowl'e dge ment s
Then, speaker after speaker rose to5-ackhiwledge the co-operation
and, spirit of team work which had characterized the Council's term of
Councillor Lizama was grateful for the assistance older members
of tie team.had accorded freshmen Councillors and he paid tribute to civic
groups which had helped with City improvement projects.
Looking Towaxds Next Council
Councillor Encalada expressed optimism about the return of a
similar City Council to continue the good work.
Councillor Rogers was proud, and justly so he said, to have
served on a Council which had a plan of action, where the emphasis was on
COOP RATION.- He was-looking forward to another City Council which will
cooperate with the National Government for the continued service of Belize
Cduncillo Price, for his part, said the outgoing City.Council
had done the most for Belize City.
There were also a few words on behalf of the workers.
Acting Town Clerk Stephen Heusner, expressed thanks and appreci-
ation for the cooperation he and his staff received from Qcuncillors. And
winding up the meeting, the Lord Mayor observed that the outgoing Council
was rounding off its term of office without outstanding debts.
FREAK ACCIDENT SLOWS TRAFFIC
A traffic accident during the peak lunch hour flow, lead to a
p'-tial obstruction of the Swing Bridge for just under two hours last
Truck Number 8485, carrying a full load of gravel broke its uni-
vcrsal coupling rendering the vehicle immobile. It was'later removed by a
c anc .
Traffic Inspector Winston Carcamo personally took charge of
directing north and south bound traffi-c through the second lane. which rle
There To Help
Also on the scene to help direct the clearing operation were the
Minister responsible for Traffic, the. Hon. Hector Silva and the former
Deputy Lord Mayor, Mr Anthony Meighan.
Traffic moved orderly throughout and the Minister later express-
ed admiration for the patience and co-operation displayed by motorists,
Later in the day, the same truck'was involved in another mishap
at almost the same spot as before, again delaying traffic.
Plans For New Bridge Ready
Melanhile:Premier George Price -as Minister .f Finance has re-
peated the assurance given earlier that a new bridge for Belize City,
spanning the Haulover Creek will be provided in the near future.
Plans for this bridge, the -Pre.-ie-i said, have already been com-
IN STANN CREEK TOWN
And There Was (More) L iaht'
Stann-Creek Town's Board Electricity Scheme was inaugurated o.
Saturday afternoon by the Premier who officially handed the project over
to t-ie Minister of Public Utilities, the Hon. Hector Silva. Mx Silva
kicked off the generators which sent 330 kilowats of power surging
through the Town's power lines.
Speaking at the ceremony, Premier Price related how the $240,000
had been secured from the United Kingdom for the project. He also paid
tribute to the Belizean workmen, His Worship the Mayor, the Reconstruction
and Development Corporation and Mr Margarito Lino who had made the land
available. "With the cooperation of all these people," he said "it had
been possible for yet another government's promises to be fulfilled."
One More Pledge Fulfilled
Accepting the plant the Hon.-Hector Silva praised the
Belizeans who had worked together to make the project a reality. Among
thcse were Mr Eugene Robinson of the Electricity Board and his wor-kmen.
Both the Mayor and Representative of Stann Creek Town expressed
gratitude to Government for making the new installation available.
Moving the vote of thanks, the Minister of Labour, the Hon.
David MeKoy said the scheme was a direct result of the hard work of the
The plant was blessed by Father Sealy of the Anglican Mission -
and Father William Thro of the Society of Jesus.
The Belizean and British Anthems were played at the start of
the ceremony and both the Belizean Flag and the -Union Jack flew in unison
in front of the building. Later, a reception was held at the Stann Creek
GETTING SET FOR THE 1965-66 SUGAR CANE SEASON
Messrs. Angel Liborio Ayuso, Ismael Gomez and Escandar Bedran,
have been appointed members of the Sugar Board.
This was announced in an issue of the Government Gazette dated
Meanwhile the Corozal Sugar Factory has appointed Mr James D.
Fahs (with Mr Frank B. Powell as Alternate) to be: their representative on
the Sugar Board. The Cane Farmers Association nominated Mr Manuel Reyes
(with Mr Wilfredo Coral as Alteinate).
Ex-officio members of the Board for the 1965-66 season are the
Principal Secretary, Ministry of Natural Reaources, who is Chairman, and
the Chief Agricultural Officer. The Secretary is Mr Severo PRinto.
THEY SAW THE PREMIER
MIR. J.S.. LWIS, newly appointed Director of CARE operations in Belize.
Mr Lewis, who served with the CARE mission in India for four
years, is a U.S.A. citizen and hails from New York City. Questioned
about any shift in emphasis he would like to bring about in the CARE
programme. here Mr Lewis said.he. would like...to. see a really effective pro-
gramme -of pre-schoo.l feeding developed. He regards the period before
ithe. sixth birthdayy as the most critical for human beings.
i. In connection with these ideas, Mr Lewis hopes to visit a num-
ber of schools in the near future..
Welcoming him Mr Price said:
"We are grateful for the assistance we have been receiving
BRYANT qALDIVAR, a Belizean who has been studying in Costa Rica for the
past five years.
Twenty four year old Bryant, whose family lives on Hynds':
Street, Belize City, is enrolled at the Central American Vocational
School. He hopes to sit for a degree in science during the next school
ye ar .
"Belize is not what it was five year ago," Bryant remarked.
."The City is greatly enlarged and there seems to .be a, progressive forward
movement everywhere. ,".he .said.
DR. DUNCAN DERRY AND DR. GEORGE COLLINS, consultant geologists, here to
carry out a programme of private exploration.
Doctor Collins has been here before and has worked in the
mountain Pine Ridge Area.
SDootor Derry said they were attracted here by the political
stability which prevailed.
THE. STATE OF OUR MEDICAL ShbVICES-'
Statement By The Minister Of Health.
The present ratio of general hospital beds to the population
compares favouiably with those in many developed countries.
The present ratio is 3,6 to 1,000. This figure compares favou
ably with Britain, for example, whexe. the figure is 3.3 general beds to
The Minister of Health the Hon. C.L.B. Rogers, was collecting
a distorted view of this country s medical facilities appearing in an
editorial of the Belize Billboard.
While it is recognized that there is a need for more beds in.
some if our hospitals, especially in the maternity and pediatric wards of
the Belize City Hospital, the Minister of Health said, this need will in
due course be met. Consideration should also be given to the fact that
government is faced with the need to satisfy the competing claims from
oth-r sources for available funds. At present, government is spending
more than a tenth of the country's budget on medical and health services.
Those New Hospitals
There has been a steady improvement in the medical facilities
available to the public over the years. More clinics have been opened
and health centres built all over the country. New district hospitals
have been constructed and others renovated.
Thie has, however been a steady and disturbing loss of trained
nurses because of the attractive salaries offered in other, more wealthy.
count ie s
The provision of more hospital beds would serve no purpose un-
less we have sufficient staff to attend to the patients. Yor example, of
a total of forty seven staff nurses provided for, fifteen vacancies cannot
But on the other hand, the Minister pointed out, our Medical
Departmrnt now ha's a 'complement of 13 medical officers, more than at any
other time in our history. There areI in addition to these, the special-
ist officers such as the Medical Officer of Health Surgeon, Physician
Specialist, Chest Physician, Anaesthetist and Pathologist.
A "Billboard" statement said that critically ill patients are
sometimes unable to gain admittance-to hospitals and that patients not
yet completely recovered are "sometimes hustled out of hospitals to make
room for new patients'" is misleading.
All critically ill patients are given full priority and as fax
as government is aware, there has hot been a single case of a genuine
emergency being turned away from hospital.
The "Billboard"-editorial also suggests that there is now less
equipment in our hospitals. The fact is, that our hospitals, and
especially the Belize City Hospital, have never been better equipped.
All the equipment lost by the Belize City Hospital during the
1961 hurricane, has been replaced and other equipment added, both from
public funds and by donations of private persons and organizations.
SEVENTY SCHOLARSHIPS TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS
"Education remains of paramount importance to the Government
and that is why 25 additional scholarships to secondary schools in the
country have been awarded."
Thus declared the Minister of Education, in a statement last
week. The Minister pointed out that last September forty five scholar-
ships to secondary schools were granted.. The new awards brings the
total of secondary school scholarships for 1965 to 70, the largest num-
ber since 1958.
In making the announcement, Mrs Lizarraga declared: "This is
part of government's programme in education to extend facilities for
secondary education so that every national capable of taking advantage
of a higher level of education will eventually have the opportunity of
FISHERIES ADVISORY BOARD
Government has set up a Fisheries advisoryy Board with terms of
reference "To advise the Minister of Natural Resources on measures for
the improvement, management and development of the fishing industry as ..
well as on measures of capital".
The Board, made up of representatives of fishing Co-operatives,
the Ministry of Natural Resources and personnel from the principal fish-
ing areas, held its first meeting at the Baron Bliss Institute on Decem-
ber 1st. Present were the Minister of Natural Resources and his Priaci-
pal Secretary, the Fisheries Officer, the Acting Comptroller of Customs,
the Inspector of Cooperative Records, a Representative each of the North-
ern Fishermen Cooperative, the Caribena Producers Cooperative, the Pla-
centia PrIducers Cooperative as well as a representative of independent
Taking part in the discussions was the Fisheries Advisor sent
by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, MZ W.H.L. Alsopp.
Emphasizing the importance. of the Board, the Minister said
government continues to have keen interest in the fishing industry which
was sloping up as one of the most important sources of.expert earnings.
RECORD DOWNPOUR CAUSES FLOODING
Heavy rain at mid week in the Belize District including the
capital, led to unusual flooding in Belize City.
The Haulover Creek, which divides Belize City in two, poured
into residential areas causing severe damage to streets. However as the
tide receeded, the run off was rapid and brilliant sunshine, combined
with a dry north wind quickly dried up the water.
In two days, rainfall reached a record 7.29 inches. A report
from Stann Creek said there had been landslides at mile forty on the
Hummingbird highway. The P.W.Do sent bulldozer teams to keep the high-
way clear. ..;
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FIRST MODERN FISH MARKET
The Minister of Cooperatives on Saturday officially declared
open the Northern Fishetmen's Cooperative's $30,000 fish market on
North Front Street.
The Minister, reviewing the growth of the Northern Fishermen's
Cooperative Limited, remarked that the new market was yet another step
foxwaad in the progressive and eventful growth of the cooperative move-
ment'."Ahnd he congratulated the Co-operative for their perserverance and-
stea fastness in carrying out their declared objectives.
To housewives the Minister said: "By patronizing this market
you will be making a contribution to the orderly system of marketing
fish in our country. You will also be helping to keep our dollars at
home, thereby keeping our balance of payment in close check."
Government Is Helping
The Minister spoke about government's manifesto pledge to
foster the growth of co-operatives. This had led to the coming of a U.N.
marine biologist to help put the industry in a firm basis.
Earlier, the large gathering was welcomed by the secretary of
the Cooperative, Mx H. Solis.
Fox the Co-operative Department, Mr L. Axana praised the
achievement of the Northern Fishermen's Cooperative. The criterian of a
successful cooperative is the degree to which the object, of the society
is realized.and its ability to continue rendering such service.
"Now that their business is exparded,"he said, "members would
need to take greater care with the management of their society."
The building was blessed by the Rev. Robert Raskowski of the
Society of Jesus who is pastor of Cay Caulker and San Pedro Villages.
The ceremony began with the playingAvf the Belizean Anthem.
Among those present were the Minister of Natural Resources,the Hon. A.A.
Hunter, the Rev. John P. OtConnor of the Society of Jesus, Doctor Alsopp,
the United Nation's Marine Biologist, the former Deputy Mayor of Belize
City, Mr Anthony Meighan and many other Belizean.
THE LIBRARY SERVICE
The First Thirty Years.
The National Library Service observed its thirtieth anniversary
on December 3rd. To mark this occasion the Minister of.Education the
Hon. Mrs Gwendolyn Lizarraga visited with the staff at the Baron Bliss
Institute, home'of the Library Service.
The first public Library was opened in North Front Street,
Belize City, wish a stock of 1,800 books.
Today there are 67 service points playing an impressive role
in the cultural and educational development of the country.
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This growth has come about thx ough yearly giants by the national
govlxnment, the interest of a form& Goveinox, Six Alan Burns, and the
nenrsity of a Belizean, the late R.S. Thurton who donated a building.
The Cornegie Corporation of New York provided a substantial giant for the
iplch.se of furniture and equipment.
Today, thc 16,000 rcgistred members of their Library,
Five branches serfi ths Capital.
All ovel the 'country sub-libraries and branches arranged'
displays, readers group meetings and special programmes in connection
ljith tihe anniversary observance.
PROPOSED LIBhRAY AbOCIATION
The first step towards the formation of a Library -Association
wss t.ken last Thursday night as representatives of the Library Service,
Belize City Secondary schools, Government Deprrtment, including Radio
2elize, and Private Libxaries and Booksellers met to discuss co-ordination
of a greater unity among the various libraries.
Miss Evadne Huloe, Chaixman of the Library Board assumed the
deleg tes that the Library.Service is prepared to offer its -full coopera-
Other.,speakeis were the Blitish Council RepleLentative, Mr Ivji
Watts and oenato 'Vernon Leslie, a member of the Board.
Senator Leslie said the Libraxy Service could star alone
pi oviding it has .the quality, variety and voulme of material, espeolally
in the field of, higher education and he paid warm tribute to the Govern-
mernt for the finance it provides, to the staff of the Libraly Service and
the Libiray delegates for their interest in forming a Library Association.
The meeting ended with a discussion to set up a Steering
Committee to lay the ground work for the proposed Association.
BnLIZE IN THE MOVIES
G.I.S. Premieze Showing Of "All The Way".
"ALL THE WAY" a documentary film in colour about the Self
Gove,ment celebrations had its premiere showing at the Baron Bliss
auditorium last Friday before a capacity gathering.
.... Th--film brings to life memorable scenes of the event including
the historic meeting of the Assembly, the visit to the five Districts by
PismiexrGeorge Price accompanied by Mr and Mrs Nigel Fisher, a giant
school children's rally, inauguration of the Police Training School ahd
the beating of the retreat by the Police Band at the MCC Grounds.
Background music is provided by Lord Rhaburn CombO. Caxib
3elizean Drummers Ketchi Belizeans using their traditional instruments
and the marimba Alma Beliceia of San Jose Succotz.
The commentary Vas by Chief Information Officer, Rudolph
/ .. ....Thi'ge
Three other Government Information Service Films completed the
pr: gramme "National Day celebrations, 1965 ", "Your Government at Work"
showing development projects by Government all over the country and a
documentary of the visit of the Secretary of State, Mi Anthony Greenwood
to Belize in October this year.
NEW POST CARDS ISSUE
The most comprehensive set of post cards on this country to
appear in quite a number of years was released last week by the Angelus
The Angelus Press is owned and operated by Mr Andrew Burn, an
enterprising Belizean businessman who has been active in Church and civic -
affairs for many years.
The issue is in twenty five tastefully presented illustrations
which give a good depiction of the New Belize while bringing out at the
same time, all of the quaint charm and tropical splendour of rural
Belize as an attractive, unspoiled tourist haven.
Of particular interest are the beautiful new buildings of
Belize City the Royal Bank of Canada building, fronting on Central
Park with its delightful landscaping; Wesley Church; the church of St.
Mary the Virgin; Melhado Hall and the Fordyce Chapel on the St. John's
College campus. There is also a panoramic aerial view of Belize City
showing the newly developed residential areas.
Co-operating in making the new post card issue available was
the Government Information Services and Mr Alton Murray who provided the
photographs. Theseries is in colour.
The Extra mural Department's Art Workshop Exhibition drew many
hundreds of visitors during its four day run at the Bliss Institute.
The exhibition of paintings and a sculpture brought before the
public a new crop of young Belizean artists.
The exhibition was organized and directed by artists Norris
Hall and Herbert Pattico, The British Council representative assisted
with a grant.
Exhibits came from as far away as Stann Creek Town.
NEWS IN BRIEF
H.M.S. ROTHESAY one of Britain's modern anti-submarine frigate, anchored
in the Belize City harbour on Monday.
The Frigate was paying her third visit to Belize.
RL'VTiEND E.A. SYLVESTER, General Manager of Anglican Schools in Belize,
is currently on tour in the U.K. explaining the work of the United
Society fox the propagation of the gosple.
Father Sylvester left Belize in August for a ten month stay.
He is accompanied by his wife who is doing a diploma course in Primary
Education at Roehamton training College.
TWELVE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS from the State of Campeche, Mexico, arrived
in Belize City on Friday to play a series of softball games against
Belize City teams.
The Mexican team, under the management of Professor Umberto
Romc~o, Professor of Physical Fitness met the Hon. Albert Cattouse,
Minister with responsibility for Sport on Saturday morning.
TWO PROMOTIONS IN THE FINANCE OFFICER GRADE were announced during the
week by the.Public Service Commission.
K.E. Richardson,. Finance Officer Grade 11, has been promoted
a Finance Officer Grade 1. He will continue his service with the
Department of Agriculture.
H.S. Young, First .Class Clerk at the Post and Telecommunica-
tions.Department, was appointed a Finance Officer Grade 11.
MRS. JERRIE .MQCK, world.famous woman flyer arrived here on Friday in
he r single-engine aircraft.
She was accompanied by her husband Russel Mock, hex sister,
Barbara Sarr and Mr Baumeister the brother of Father Baumeister of the
Society of Jesus who died at Loyola Park during the 1931 hurricane.,
A IMMORIAL SERVICE for the late Sir Patrick Renison7 a former Governor
and Patron of the Rad Cross Society here, was held -n London on
December 2nd at Saint Peter's Church.
SOLICITOR GENERAL J.K. HAVERS, returned to Belize on Tuesday at the end
of vacation leave abroad.
Paying a courtesy visit to the Premier last week, he received
a warm welcome back to Belize.
It is understood that he is to serve here for a further period'
of two and a half years.
$GI.S. FACT SHELT,
NE WJ CAPITAL .FOR B EL I ZE
Belize City the pe sent capital, is the result of improvisa-
tion by men whose interest was precxoinently transient, commercial.
who owned no coru.itnent to a future stretching into independence and
It was a convenient Lidal refuge along the low lying coast
situated at the iouth of a river which happened to be navigable fox 42
miles inland Fzrsimhe e, the valuable hard woods were shipped to
Built upon the mahogany chips, ballast brought in by traders
ffmr EuiLope, filling hauled in fonm nearby shoals or dug from the man-
made creeks, the City expanded this, in spite of the hazards of
hurricane and flood; in spite of the cost and inconvenience of land
reclamdtioh? in spite of the staggering 'ngiineering problems of laying
on sewage disposal and watel supply systems.
COMMITM EINT TO THE FUTURE:
The big lesson Belizeans learned in the hurricane of 1931 vas
that, against the tidal waves and the ferocious winds of a full-blown
hurricanes, the present capital is practically defenceless. Losses in
terns .o property were reckoned in millions of dollars. The dead were
counted in thousands,
It is significant that with the formation of the first
nationwide political party the People's United Party Belizeans
affirmed their commitment to '.'.....a new city on better sited terrain,
which 'ill entail no costly reclamation of land and which will provide
land f:r an indusi trial area"
This was in 1960,
THE PROJECT IS BORN
A year later on October 31st 1961, hurricane "Hattie" struck.
The resulting loss of life and property, the virtual paralysis of
government's administrative machinery, was what had been feared all
along. Quickly, an all party study group including repre.-ntatives
of the church, commeice, workers and professional men was commission-
ed to make recommendations and select a site for a new capital.
The Pearl Mission, sent by the United Kingdom government
immediately after the storm, agreed with the clamour for a new capital
and included a strong recommendation in support of it in their report.
So'it was that the British government earmarked an initial sum for the
project and the firm of consulting engineers, Scott & Wilson, Kirk-
patrick and Paxtncis of London. were invited to undertake an investi-
gation and submit a report, .
NItwithstanding the delys since then, enthusiasm for the
project runs high, ,Some 3,000 people have applied for lots in the
commercial,, industrial and residential areas. Requests have come from
outside the country also. In the competition to find a suitable name
fir the new administrative soat, there have been 129 entries,
THE NEW CAPITAL
When the Right Honourable Anthony Greenwood, British Minis-
ter with responsibility for dependent te:rritories, unveiled a comnemo-
rative pillar a' the site on Octobe.. 9th this yea-r, he was marking the
formal inauguration of thi fist stage of the project, slated to be
completed by 1970O
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By that time, it is estimated that some ;c19 000OO00 will have
been spent over and above the price of the land. This estimate is
broken down as follows:
$15,500,000 provided by the British government as grants and
2,000,000 by the private sector for churches, schools,
shops, officcsp banks, hotels, workshops etc.
1,500,000 for private residential housing.
Two thousand rkers:will be employed at the peak construQ-
-tion period. They will be building three administrative blocks a
general hospital ( 34 beds ), Parliament buildings, General Post
Office and Telephone exchange, Police and Fire stations, P.W.D. work-
shops and storage facilities, 3 schools a clinic and a lot more be-
sides. Then, of course, there will be he construction effort of the
The second and lateL stages will see a gradual expansion -
-Town Hall, Technical College, Sports stadium and additions to most of
the installations mentioned earlier.
POPULATION AND INCENTIVES
On completion of the first stage after four yeaxs, there
will be some 1200 units of acco:i:modation enough for the projected
population of 5,000. FIo the most part these will be essential work-
,er-sin the public service and supporting services. Their prlience
will see the undertaking through its imost difficult stage. And with-
in ten years it is estimated t iht the population will reach the
nciahbourhood of 10,000, by absorbing most of the overspill from
Belize City and by attracting workers from all over the country.
Planning allows for an ultimate population of 20,000 in the near
In fact, the plasibilities fo' expansion are much greater in
the more distant future. Available are 7,00O acres made up of a
grant of 600 acres by the former owner, Mr. Henry Molhado, plus 6,450
acres purchased by the Baron Bliss Trustees at a cost approaching
Drawing on thA $4.15 million loan funds set aside for essen-
tial housing, the public officers and 'supporting personnel in the
private sector required at stage one will be eligible for loans through
the Reconstruction and Developnmnt Corporation on favourable turns -
moderate interest and repayment over 20-5 years.
HEALTHY ELEVATION AiD ALL MODeRN CONVziIiNCES
Apart from the obvious advantages of the latest ideas on
design and. layout, new capital residents will enjoy a healthy eleva-
tion above' sea level fram 200 to 260 feet.. Heavy industrial traffic
and pedestrians will .never- cet. Water and sewage lines, and possibly
telephone .lines as well, will run safely, neatly, below ground level.
The houses..will have electric powvr. As for the perennial water
problem in Belize City well, thWre is no question of this ever aris-
ing in the New Capital the millions of gallons that course down the
ancient Belize river will be on tap. Tests have indicated that this
water will be perfectly suitable for use once it has passed through the
watir works to be established in stage one.
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Two principal highways celize City to the Guatemalan border
and the Huimmingbird Highway with co.nnctions as far south as Punta
Gorda T.)wn intersect on the western edge of the site. And a planned
third link with the northern districts fion Ihever Delay through
Gallon C;ug will p videe t ththird spoke in the new capital hub. One
of the firstt installations, a 2,000 foot long gavel surfaced airstrip
to be finished by December 1965 will accor'odate light aircraft and
help in carrying out the pixjecc.
AS THINGS STAND
The 650 acres requiQrd for the initial stage were cleared
and the topographical survey completed in July 1965 And commencing
before the end of the yeua on engin cring contractax will be on site
continuing the detailed investigations. A snall work farce is present-
ly engaged on minor additional cl,-.ring.
Meanwhile, in Lindon, the d awin up cf dctailed plans aad
poaclficflations and the operation of tender documents ( including
bills a:' quantities ) have ben undertaken. Tenders will be called for
around S:eptenb-r 1st next ye .c and the intention is that the contact
will be awarded before the ~nd of 1966.
ANCIENT SPLENDOUR RISES AGAIN
The new capital city will begin to rise, slowly at first and
then with increasing mromentum, from the first of January, 1967. A
short two yCeas after independence 1970 the western hemisphere will
have its: second completely new capital. Significantly, it will be lo-
cated in the sat the hst e once glorious Mayan civilization of Belize.
This does not iLean that Delize City is to disappear.
Neithci does it :.e n that the remaining population will be
pressured in any way into l.aving. On the contriay, the opportunity
will be available for the first tie ito tidy up the City; to carry out
a bit of re-development and a7 mre selctive recliamation pxrgramme.
F:r a l:ng time to come, it is acknowledged, Belizc City will be the
vital f-cus of Dur com ..cial life and a place :f consideable senti-
mental attatchrent for many.
Bclize 's New Capital will be no Biazilia, but 1D, modest
functional cxr.,tion. Nevertheless, perhaps as much as anything else
accomplished by that time, it is going to c:,b dy and symbolize the
buoyant faith the Belizear people have in themselves and their county;
their dete.rminati on to put a.n cnd t:) the unc-ertainity and the
capricious onslaughts of the fo)ccs of nature: their con. ite..nt to
achieve a better future with :mor of the good things of life fDo every
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