By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
Well known cave tubing rivals, Yohnny Rosado and Vitalino Reyes put their differences aside and ended their well-documented public feud with a handshake and a hug during a FECTAB press conference.
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) President, Geovannie Brackett led the call for the two long-time rivals to bury the hatchet and unite for a common cause affecting both tour operators.
“When things buck and things get tight even enemies become great friends,” Brackett said. “I would like to ask you to show Belize’s government and the system that we can come together as Belizeans. You see they want us to kill each other, they want us to kill each other while they get rich, while families and friends sign big contracts, multi-million-dollar contracts, but we can come together my brothers,” Brackett charged.
Rosado and Reyes chose to set aside their differences for the sake of offering a united effort on behalf of the best interests of their businesses, which they say are at risk of being shut down due to new, unfair regulations imposed by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).
Reyes and Rosado have a long history of rivalry going as far back as several years ago. Most recently, the feud had gotten more serious when Reyes’ son was beaten badly at a bar, reportedly at Rosado’s order, and was in a coma for several days.
There have also been a number of other accusations levied against one another over the years. There was also an incident where both men were arrested for disorderly conduct and escorted out of the Tourism Village.