Columbus Lighthouse in a mess
The Governor of the Columbus Lighthouse, Mario Bonetti, has lamented the fact that the lighthouse is in darkness and that it now has nothing to attract visitors given the lack of attention by the authorities.
The lighthouse, inaugurated in 1992 during the government of Joaquin Balaguer, now only has two hours a day of electricity and the surrounding area is unkempt.
Bonetti said that it has been completely neglected since 2000 and treated like a corpse that was once a beautiful body, and he called on the State for urgent intervention.
He went on to say that due to the lack of electricity and guards n before there were more than 50 marines guarding it and now there are only three n the lighthouse area is subject to robberies and attacks.
Nonetheless he said there are around 150 tourists – mostly Russian – visiting every day, providing an income of between RD$400,000 to RD$500,000 to the state per month.
He said that he had written to the Santo Domingo East town hall, the water authorities, the electricity company and the Dominican Navy but has had no replies at all.
Bonetti also lamented the state of deterioration of the Dominican flag that flies at the west side of the lighthouse but is in tatters due to sun and wind damage.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
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