NGO Belize Marine Lifetime condemns GOB rescheduling of public consultations for Waterloo port growth task


Posted: Friday, November 11, 2022. 7:20 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The NGO Belize Maritime Daily life has publicly condemned a decision by the Authorities of Belize to reschedule the general public consultation for the Port of Belize Cruise Tourism and Cargo Enlargement EIA Report.

The Office of the Natural environment had issued a discover indicating that, because of to the effects of Hurricane Lisa, the session would be rescheduled for right now, Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza at 6:30 p.m.

Belize Maritime Life took to Fb to voice its problem that the governing administration (GOB) has consistently tried out to thrust by way of with the project even with issues elevated by the public. The NGO also alleges that GOB’s resolve to transfer the challenge forward is because of to its connections to British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft.

“Only a single working day soon after hurricane Lisa and GOB sets out to appease Ashcroft,” Belize Marine Everyday living claimed. “This is the fourth general public consultation for the same job that has been turned down frequently.”

The NGO notes that the initial endeavor at keeping the consultation was on July 22, 2020, but this was rescheduled and held as a Zoom convention on November 26, 2020, due to powerful community opposition. The NGO notes that all through the Zoom assembly there had been about 2000 feedback shared in opposition to the task.

The second consultation was held on September 23, 2021, also through Zoom, and Belize Marine Daily life reported that the final result mirrored the first consultation, a unified public stance opposing the venture.

“This led to NEAC voting versus the project on December 13th, 2021. A third session was then held on September 1st, 2022 with potent opposition towards the undertaking, And now a fourth one particular is to be held November 11th, 2022,” Belize Marine Lifetime added.

The session can be considered on the DOE’s Facebook webpage.


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