Orange Walk authorities plan on stepping up their game to address quality-of-life issues, among the concerns is public drinking. According to Mayor Kevin Bernard, the concern is one that has been waging for some time now and with the complaints rising, addressing the problem will mean enforcing the law. Bernard says there has been disconnect with the Council and the Liquor License Committee and called out the Chairman to follow up with enforcing the rules.
Kevin Bernard, O/W Mayor
“I’m hoping that this new board that will be selected this time around, be more fair and I understand that the minister of local government has agreed that there will be some changes to the board based on some recommendations that we have submitted. I am aware also and the complains have been coming to us as well, I have a Counselor who looks after those areas as well and he has been visiting some of these places and he has informed me that indeed he has seen where sometimes and even the police officers are seen drinking on the premises, in uniform and this is the responsibility of the chairman of the liquor licensing, he is paid a stipend by this council every three months to conduct his business, he must act fairly and he must ensure that these things are not occurring where businesses are selling, in fact I can go back to a letter to most of these Chinese establishments was given a letter, and if you visit 128 you must see that letter right on their counter which I wrote them as the Mayor stating that we are not allowing anyone to drink on the premise that especially if they don’t have the license to consume on the premises but it also boils down to every single member of the board where they see these things happen they must be informed, the police needs to play its part because we have a member of the police on the board and they are the legal authority and I am sure pretty much they are abreast of the liquor license it and they must also do their part in ensuring that the people are following orders and I want to call out the chairman of the board, as you know the actual chairman should have been John Pollard they made a change within themselves and give it back to Mr. Grajales and I want to call him out and to say that he needs to go around and visit these people and if these things are happening then he needs to take his decision as chairman and shot down these places if necessary.”
Several residents have expressed their concern on the same issue and added that another disregard of many is public urination.
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