Posted: Monday, March 15, 2021. 4:26 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Mayor Bernard Wagner said that the new Belize City Council is working on uplifting the old capital during their new three-year tenure so that the local economy can thrive.
“When we campaigned, we heard about streets, we heard about drains, they spoke about flooding, we have to look at the Belama Phases 3 and 4 on a long-term basis,” Wagner said in an exclusive interview with Breaking Belize News.
“People spoke about overgrown properties, they spoke about safety, about jobs, so these are some of the areas we really felt we want to zone in on during our next term,” he added.
He added that the council plans to construct two new markets, a regular market in the Lake Independence Boulevard area and a fish market in the Yabra area.
Additionally, a city lotto is in the works.
The city transport system should also see the advent of four new electric buses along with the construction of two bus stops, one on Albert Street and the other one at the Save U-Plaza. People will buy pass-cards to use these buses.
Wagner said that the Stake Bank project and the Hilton Hotel project should help in providing hundred of jobs to city residents.
“We want to construct a beach for the residents of (Belize) City,” Wagner said. “How can we be a seaside town without a beach?”
Wagner also said that his council plan to light up the City with the help of BEL, add traffic lights, reform the trade licensing bill, have Family Sundays, extend the Super Saturday Sale on Albert Street to Central American Boulevard, and improve the Lord Ridge and Eternal Garden cemeteries.
“While cement streets were good, and all of those played a significant role, the fact of the matter is that at the end of the day people require other services,” Wagner said. “Our residents cannot only survive alone on cement streets. There have to be more social programs, invested in our people and that is why we took the approach to invest in our people.”
Wagner said that during his term at the helm, the Belize City Council made the environment compatible with the business sector.
“We did the Super Sale in the Albert Street area, and we created a local economic development, a robust type of energy in the downtown area every Saturday,” Wagner said. “It quickly blossomed from twenty businesses to eighty businesses participating. It went from roughly 500 people to 15, 000 people visiting the downtown area.”
To that end mayor Wagner said that the Belize City Council will now concentrate its effort on many issues such as the creation of jobs and the building of more streets and drains.
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