On May 13, a flurry of Roatan Municipal projects were inaugurated: six in all. They ranged from paving of roads, to the improvement of Coxen Hole’s only public beach. Mayor Julio Galindo dashed ribbon-cutting from project to project in his white Hummer with a posse of public officials and local press in pursuit.
The first project to be inaugurated that day was a roughly 30 meter long stretch of road at the entrance of Coxen Hole’s La Punta neighborhood. Originally that stretch of the road was asphalted by the Honduran central government during the paving of the main Coxen Hole to French Harbour road. While Coxen Hole got a new concrete paving in 2004, that stretch of road was left alone and deteriorated quickly.
The paving project took two weeks to complete, cost the municipal Lps. 700,000. “I am one of the people that benefited most from this project,” says Heston Webster, owner of Circuit Stop Electronics, an electronics repair shop located right next to the paved piece. “The dust will be gone. It will be especially good for the kids of Alfreda Brooks School,” said Webster.
Other project inaugurated was a community water well in Willie Warren neighborhood, Mangrove Bight street paving, Sandy Bay entrance at the school street paving and public beach improvement in Watering Place – Coxen Hole’s only public beach. “We want to improve the beach, but wish it was done better, at a larger scale that people deserve,” said Roatan municipal councilman David Bodden. Bodden says that spending Lps. 350,000 on concrete barriers and new sand should have been more like Lps. 700,000. [/private]