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Cabarete unites against cement bypass road

Cabarete business are calling for the widening of the El Choco road that connects Sosua and Cabarete to connect it to the road between Jamao del Norte and Sabaneta instead of a cement bypass road that would be built by Cemex, the Mexican cement manufacturing company. Regulation of Cabarete town center traffic would also reduce congestion in this area.

A prominent local businessman, Ari Barshi, says that after the road was announced on 14 February 2015, the entire town came out against the project. The mayor of Cabarete, Raquel Sierra, and representatives of six other organizations have been trying to meet with senator Felix Nova, who is the president of the environment commission in the Senate and with Minister of Environment Dr. Bautista Rojas Gomez to express opposition to the construction. The cement road is seen as an environmental risk to the area that makes a living off its winds and waves. “Building anything in a natural protected area is illegal, and in this case, drying major parts of the lagoon can lead to serious flooding and endanger the lives of the 10,000 people who live in the lowlands around it,” said Barshi.

Cabarete is world famous for its wind and waves, attracting kite surfers, windsurfers, sailors, and board surfers from all around the world.

Cabarete is a 2km long, 100m wide strip of sand held together by the underground movement of water and moisture from the lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other.

The fragile eco system that includes the lagoon is a protected area, which means that construction is not allowed on it by law.

Barshi declared that Cabarete does not need a bypass as he says was proved by the lack of traffic jams during Easter Week, the peak time for domestic traffic. “With slight traffic modifications like no parking on the south side of the street and limits on delivery times to the stores in the town center, traffic flow will be eased for free.”

The suggestion for the El Choco bypass link for traffic heading to the east of Cabarete is backed by Cabarete Development Association (Adeca) president Michael Gay Crosier, Sosua and Cabarete Hotels and Restaurants Association (Ashoresoca) president Thomas Callendar, Ari Barshi of the Sustainable Cabarete Federation, Jack Astacio of the Playa Encuentro Owners and Surfing Instructors’ Association, Francisco Alberto Polanco of the parish of the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Church, and Raquel Sierra, director of Cabarete district board.

Source: DR1

April 10, 2015

Category: DR News |

  1. Stocker

    I can’t see the proposed alternative going ahead as it seems to me that it would cost a lot more. But I agree that enforcement of parking regulations would go a long way to solving the problem. To me the main loss if the by-pass project is abandoned is that part of the project was the re-development of the main street as a “boulevard”. The main street desperately needs improvement with proper sidewalks and good lighting for its whole length.

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