Following up to a series of stories in another online news organization, the Central America News Network has learned that the “anonymous sources” who lodged complaints against a real estate development in Corozal, Belize (Orchid Bay) left out vital details and has, in fact, misled that news organization into publishing false accusations.
Our investigations found that the “anonymous sources” leveling false accusations against Orchid Bay are allegedly Stephen Honeybill, Theresa Raglen, Ed and Gloria Diaz, and Karen Dale. It is worth noting that Orchid Bay willingly went on record with the media, yet Honeybill, Raglen, the Diazes, and Dale all refused to do so.
In an “Open Letter” to all Orchid Bay residents, the developer indicates that three of the four complainants (Raglen, the Diazes, and Dale) are allegedly people that put down a deposit for Orchid Bay to construct a villa and have since defaulted and refuse to pay the remaining payments to have their villa completed.
The Central America News Network has reviewed written correspondence between Orchid Bay and these villa buyers and can confirm that each of these buyers has stated in writing, for various reasons, that they will not be proceeding with the construction of their Villa.
According to Orchid Bay’s “Open Letter”, these complainants are using the media to try to influence Orchid Bay to give them a refund of their deposits, though the contract doesn’t allow for a refund and their payments were already spent towards the design and ultimate construction of their villa.
Our calls to Honeybill, Raglen, the Diazes, and Dale went unreturned.
The developer at Orchid Bay, Chris Williams, went on record to say that: “we always have and always will do the right thing for our buyers. We are at this very moment building villas for buyers that are performing under the terms of their purchase agreement. The moment these defaulted villa buyers tell us that they are willing to proceed, and show us that they have the funds to do so, we will gladly build them a luxurious villa”. Williams went on to say that: “though we have no definitive evidence of this, we suspect that what is actually at play is that these buyers don’t have sufficient funds to pay for their villa, and they simply are not saying so”.
The Central America News Network will continue to follow this developing story.