Powerful group slams Tourism Ministry on Laguna Bavaro deal
Higuey, Dominican Republic.- La Altagracia Province Tourism Cluster director Ernesto Veloz on Tuesday demanded that the Environment Ministry respect their joint agreement to manage Laguna Bavaro, and reject the co-management with the company Marinarium.
Quoted by Tourism Summary, the business leader said he sent the Environment Minister (Bautista Rojas) a letter noting that it’s unacceptable for the Cluster to be included in that agreement with Marinarium. “We hadn’t been informed, we were neither consulted nor taken into account in the recent past when we had opposed the incursion of this company in the lagoon, a stance known by the officials who handled and processed that agreement.”
He stressed that the Cluster was unaware of the co-management agreement signed with the company in September. “We learned of its existence when the Marinarium construction crew began to raze the mangroves north of the lagoon to build an access path from the beach.”
“The audacity to include the Cluster in the contract served to create the perception that as managing director, our organization agreed and now the audacity to say so publicly is the last desperate effort to sustain the charade,” Veloz said
“Our position demanding respect for the agreement between the Ministry and the Cluster and the rights acquired by investments and time spent at Laguna Bavaro isn’t personal, it’s an institutional demand, respect for agreements, laws and good faith assumed in the signing of agreements between the parties,” the tourism sector leader said.”
“It’s an institutional position,” he affirms, adding that it has nothing to do with the company Marinarium, “which we repeat, during its presence in Punta Cana we haven’t known of any demonstration of appreciation for environmental issues.”
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