The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is seeking public opinion on what the new structure being built at ground zero should be named. Ground zero is the site where the Paslow Building once stood before it was set on fire in 2002. Recently when the move was made to keep the Paslow name, the public outcry was loud and a call for a new name was made. Based on that, the project officials built a competition and called for submissions from the public on what the new name should be. At the deadline, one hundred and ten submissions were received and of that amount six finalists were selected. The submissions that made it to the final list have been posted on social media. Next week the polls will open for two weeks which will allow members of the public to vote on their preference. Albert Avila of the rejuvenation project spoke to Love News on the competition and submissions.
Albert Avila, Community Liaison Officer, Downtown Rejuvenation Project: “Between mid August to September we had received about a hundred and ten names and during that process we were creating our selection committee and those representatives came from our Ministry, our project, the National Library Service and NICH and those people were tasked with narrowing down the hundred and ten submissions to six. The six that you see on our Facebook page are the finalists right now. What we are realizing is that we will not be able to please everybody, once the final name is selected, once one of those six names are selected we won’t be able to please everybody because obviously if you have a hundred and ten people all submitting names they feel strongly about that name and if their name doesn’t get selected they’re not going to be happy about it.”
According to Avila there will be multiple platforms where the public can use to vote. The top three submissions will receive cash prizes at the end of the competition. The final names are Freedom Square; Emancipation Plaza; Belize Heritage Plaza; Belize Ex-servicemen League Plaza; 1919 Square and Freedom Plaza.