Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2021. 8:24 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Belize City Council this week began installing new street signs on prominent landmarks and byways of the Old Capital.
Earlier this week the Belize City Council informed the public that they unanimously passed a resolution more than a year ago, which will see the names of some streets and roundabouts – and even the overpass by Pallotti High School – getting a new name.
Communications Manager Erin Garnett said that the Council actually gazetted the changes for three weeks to make them legal after the resolution was passed last June. According to Garnett, the Council is now reaching out to affected businesses and will formally announce the changes via an informational video.
The biggest of the name changes is to Regent Street, which has long been partnered with Albert Street. Regent Street was originally named Front Street and Albert Back Street in the 1820s before they received their present names. Regent borrows from the similarly named street in London as far as we can tell, which was named after Prince Regent, later King George IV. Albert, by the way, comes from the beloved husband of Queen Victoria.
Regent Street from its junction with Yarborough Road to the Swing Bridge is now named after late Governor General Dame Minita Gordon, while Regent Street West, which continues up to the junction with Calvary Temple School, has been renamed for former three time Deputy Premier/Prime Minister Carl Lindbergh (C.L.B. or Lindy) Rogers, whose name is also on Rogers Stadium.
Other changes include Gaol (jail) Lane next to the Central Bank building becoming Sister Caritas Lawrence Lane, named after the late St. Catherine Academy principal; Hutson Street becomes William Fonseca Street, named after the former Belize City Mayor William “David” Fonseca; Partridge Street becomes Amandala Drive, named after the newspaper (and changing its famous address); the roundabout that connects Mahogany Street and Central American Boulevard will now be named the Eva Middleton Roundabout, named after long-time advocate for disabilities.
Meanwhile, the Hands Roundabout, which connects the Boulevard and Cemetery Road heading west, is named after the late Therese Felix, the founder of Mothers Organized for Peace, an organization she created after losing three of her children to gun violence. Market Square becomes City Hall Square (the official town market having long moved west to West Collet Canal); Cork Street becomes Sir Alexander Hunter Street, named after former Minister of Trade and Industry. Pallotti Overpass becomes Dr. Manuel Esquivel Overpass, named after Belize’s second Prime Minister whose administration built it in the 1990s during an infrastructure project; and Sweet Avenue becomes Bertie Ellis Avenue, named after the formidable former cricketer.
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