New south cemetery may be relocated
Friday, March 28th, 2014
Residents of the Mosquito Coast Area of San Pedro Town are not happy after they received word that the south cemetery is being relocated into their neighborhood. The cemetery that is currently on the dump site road was opened in 2013 after it was determined that there was no more burial space at the old downtown cemetery at end of Barrier Reef Drive. Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero would not go into details, but did indicate that there is a possibility that the cemetery may be relocated.
According to Mosquito Coast residents, the area in which the council is planning to relocate the cemetery is residential. They protested that not only is it not the most pleasant sight to have to live with, but such a relocation will decrease the value of their properties. In addition, neighbors claim that the area in question is swamp land, which is also not fit for burial purposes. The Mayor did not say in which area of Mosquito Coast they are contemplating to move but residents are claiming that it is directly across from Marin’s Store.
Mayor Guerrero stated that the possible relocation of the cemetery is in discussion but has not finalized. He further explained that the current land on which the new cemetery sits on has not been fully acquired by the Government of Belize and the process may take a very long time to be completed. Guerrero said the five-acre land being proposed for the relocation of the cemetery is being given to the San Pedro Town Council. As to the claim that the area is swamp land, Mayor Guerrero said that only a small portion is low land. Mayor Guerrero said that if indeed the plan of moving the new cemetery is successful, those that have been buried at the new cemetery will be exhumed and relocated to their new resting place.
The south cemetery is located at the far end of San Pedro Town, in a low developed, non-residential prime area situated at the entrance of the municipal dump road. It currently houses seven deceased individuals and a dog. The San Pedro Sun will continue to follow up this new development.