Friday, April 19, 2024

Rehabilitation of north Ambergris Caye road complete thanks to community effort

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The rehabilitation of a section of the road in northern Ambergris Caye has been completed. The road, which was in deplorable condition, is now considered the finest on the island. The project initially started with the contributions of over 20 business and property owners. That number doubled as community members joined forces and, along with the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and other partners, collected resources to renovate the road.

More than $200,000 in contributions, materials, and equipment were collected to make the repairs. Labour for the project came from business partners Fidel Ancona, Flint Ray, Mike Coleman Construction, Mayor Gualberto ‘Wally’ Nuñez, and the SPTC. The 40+ local business owners, resorts, and property owners from northern Ambergris Caye saw the need to come together and give back to the community by fixing the vital artery.

The works began at the Matachica Resort area heading north from the Secret Beach turnoff to La Beliza Resort. One of the residents spearheading the project, Richard Gross, reiterated this was possible because the community came together to solve a problem. He encouraged others on the island and across Belize to work together as a team to overcome obstacles and make their communities a better place to live for all.

For years, this road seemed abandoned by the local authorities. During the rainy season, it was almost impossible to traverse. Following the much-needed renovation, the road is in much better condition, making the transportation of services and goods to this area of Ambergris Caye, home to Belizeans and hoteliers, more efficient.

Gross added that the improved condition of the road would remain that way as routine maintenance will be administered. Special thanks go out to the contributions of more than 40 local business owners, resorts, and homeowners from northern Ambergris Caye. Special acknowledgment to islander Fidel Ancona for donating 175 loads of material, heavy equipment, and trucks and supervising the work personally. “We would never have achieved such great results without his efforts,” said Gross. Mayor Gualberto ‘Wally’ Nuñez is also thanked for all his help and support. This is a grassroots community project that everyone is proud of and is an example of what can be achieved when people work together.

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