The newly appointed members of the Toledo District Liquor Licensing Board have approved a number of liquor licenses under various categories. Correspondent Paul Mahung spoke to the Chairman Santiago Coh about his appointment and the licenses particularly under the Covid-19 regulations.
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Newly appointed members of Toledo Liquor Licensing Board have approved over one hundred and twenty five applicants for varied categories of liquor license in Toledo. The new Toledo Liquor Licensing Board effective January 2021 is led by chairperson Santiago Coh of San Pedro Columbia Village.
Santiago Coh, Chairperson, Toledo Liquor License Board: “I have been appointed as the new chairperson of the Toledo Liquor Licensing Board along with Ms.Glenda Arthur of Punta Gorda who is the vice chairperson and our other colleagues include Mr.Jason Guy of San Pedro Columbia, Mr.Egbert Jacobs of Jacinto, Mr.Victor Bolon of Criquejute and of course the Mayor Mr.Ashton McKenzie who is an ex officio member. As you know this is the time that license holders are seeking renewals or we might have new applications also. As mandated by the law the second Monday of every quarter should have been a public meeting. We should have a public meeting where we dialogue with the community nevertheless due to the COVID-19 restrictions we were never allowed to do so. What we did in fact is go through the application process, review all ensuring everything is in order, all the requirements are being met and of course we sat with our colleagues which is members of the Belize Police Department, the Fire Department and personnel from the Ministry of Health in reviewing and vetting the applications. What I can safely say is we have about a hundred and thirty applicants of which eight are new applicants, those continue to be reviewed as certain requirements are still not being met and all the rest who are existing license holders were granted approval since they had already had one for the past year. What we want to echo to the public is since we didn’t have a chance to sit and dialogue and have a discussion about these licenses is that if you feel that you need to reach out and you need to inform us of certain violations that might be happening reach out to myself.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Coh who replaces outgoing chairperson Ivan Avilez of Punta Gorda was pleased to note that members of Toledo Liquor Licensing Board are representatives from Punta Gorda as well as Toledo Rural Communities