By BBN Staff: Last week, Breaking Belize News reported on an on-going issue in Orange Walk Town between the Orange Walk Town Council and the National Sports Council (NSC).
According to reports, the Town Council has always paid $1,000 for the use of the People’s Stadium to host their annual Fiestarama Fair. However, this year, the NSC is charging the council $5,000 to use the stadium.
The council is strongly opposed to the exorbitant fee and is calling on the Minister of Sports to intervene.
Orange Walk’s Mayor, Kevin Bernard took to social media yesterday explaining that the Fiestarama has grown in popularity over the years and now also includes a business and culture expo.
Bernard stated that the council makes all financial records publicly accessible to residents and that the event funds an important summer program for Orange Walk youths.
Furthermore, Bernard expressed that the fee of $5,000 is ‘ridiculous’ since the fair is a municipal event and not a private function.
“Honestly, this is a point of frustration for me. I have been in politics for a very long time now. I know the games that can be played. I am hoping that this is not what is happening where Fiestarama is concerned. Last year we were allowed to pay $1,000 to use the People’s Stadium, and we ensured that the Council used its resources to prepare for the event and used its resources to clean up after,” Bernard pointed out.
The Mayor is now calling on the Minister of Sports to intervene on behalf of the people of Orange Walk Town.