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Senator wants Southwest tourism boom now

Santo Domingo.- Pedernales senator Dionis Sanchez on Monday said his province’s tourism boom will start as soon as the work concludes on a way to provide land for developers who seek to invest in projects there.

“Pedernales is at a historic moment because president Danilo Medina promised to attract 10 million tourists per year by the end of his term and for that has to count with he southwest region of Enriquillo, Barahona, Baoruco, Independencia and Pedernales,” the lawmaker said.

Nonetheless the ruling PLD party lawmaker slammed what he affirms is the judiciary’s inability to solve the land conflicts in Pedernales, home to one of the world’s most pristine beaches, Bahia de las Aguilas.

Sanchez also railed against former Supreme Court chief justice Jorge Subero, revealing that his response to a Senate commission’s request to expedite the case was, “not even my grandchildren’s grandchildren will see a solution to that problem.”

He said the litigation involves 600 people with government-assigned lands, many of whose owners don’t know where Pedernales is. “A point of understanding is being reached where a sort of trust fund will be formed for these lands to be sold to interested parties who want to develop them and that’s going to be headed by the government with an agreement with the titleholders and settle with the occupants.”

Interviewed by Paul McKinney, the Pedernales lawmaker said he agrees with that solution “because justice has demonstrated an inability to solve it. It’s been 15 years.”

He said Pedernales has neither an environmental problem nor opposition from other tourism destinations, “there’s a land ownership problem and that’s going to be solved.”

Source: Dominican Today

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