The Court ruled the island Cayo Levantado as a public property
Santo Domingo.- The Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that the islet Cayo Levantado is a public property, in the category of national heritage that belongs to all Dominicans, a decision that ends the months-long litigation over ownership of the paradisiacal key.
The ruling also authorizes Real Estate Northeast Jurisdiction Attorney Juan de Dios Rosario and the estate of the late Andrés Trinidad –who also claim the property- to serve notice on investments Whale Bay, S.A, which manages the Bahía Príncipe hotel, to voluntarily leave the property they illegally occupy on the island within 15 days from the notification.
The high Court notes that the Constitution and the laws place great importance on the properties under the public domain, because they are expressly inalienable.
It also stressed that to reduce protected areas Congress requires the vote of two-thirds of the members of both legislative chambers.
Cayo Levantado, whose size is just a few square kilometers withing Samana Bay, is the second-most visited island of the Dominican Republic, after Saona, in the southeast.
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