Annual March Fiesta in Limbo: Political Motives or Maintenance Issues?
Residents of Chan Pine Ridge Village, Orange Walk are up in arms over the uncertainty of the community’s annual March Fiesta. The event has become a mainstay for the small village, but this year’s organizers say they’ve run into a roadblock. Head planner Teresita Torres applied for permission from the village’s council to utilize the community center, but the village’s Chairman denied it. On January 14, the Chairman informed Torres that while he appreciated her efforts, pre-scheduled maintenance, safety concerns, and logistics issues resulted in the decision. However, Torres believes the move is politically motivated. She spoke to Love News about the event and how it would have been carried out by the business community.
Teresita Torres, Chan Pine Ridge Activist: “The business community here in Orange Walk, they are working hand in hand with us to make this fiesta a very successful one and even better. The business community here in Orange Walk basically said to me, you know what Ms.Torrest it is not that we have any financial interest with the fiesta all we want to do is, you know, to keep the 9t of March alive, right and so we don’t need any ministers, we don’t need any politician to come and tell us what to do. We the people, we have the power to do a lot of things. And so thereafter I sent a letter to the chairman requesting his permission for the usage of the football field since we were planning a day filled with activities, softball and football as well. And also we had requested for him for the use of the show grounds area right. And so I wasn’t hearing anything from him and so I decided to write the area representative, Mr. Kevin Bernard for him to get down on Mr. Torres to see if we can get some responses. And so thereafter Mr. Kevin Bernard told me that I need to check with Mr. Cornelio Torres, which I did. It was until this week that I received a letter and so the letter basically was telling me disapproval for the usage of the show grounds which to me I found it so very much displeasing because you know we want to keep our culture alive. Do not destroy our history. Do not destroy our culture. We are here to make it even better. So please if you cannot do a good for us please still don’t do a bad for us.”
Our newsroom reached out to the Area Representative Kevin Bernard, but our calls went unanswered.