Did the mayor of Boca Chica sell Isla de Los Pinos?
The Ministry of the Environment claims to have no knowledge of a plan by the local authorities in Boca Chica and a private company to develop a tourist, real estate and hotel project on the Isla de Los Pinos, off the coast of Boca Chica. The islet, with its beautiful vegetation, is home to several exotic species.
Ministry of Environment communications director Julia Ramírez says that the Ministry has not received any information on Boca Chica Mayor Radhames Castro’s reported decision to hand over the island to Los Pinos Island Corporation, a company that belongs to a businessman of Middle Eastern origin, Mustafa Abu Naba’a.
According to reports, the company plans to build hotels, condominiums, residences, restaurants, a marina, and services infrastructure on the islet, with an area of around 135,000 square meters.
According to sources, Mayor Castro and Amauris Vásquez, representing the company, signed a letter of intent on 19 September 2016.
Los Pinos is an artificial island that was formed in 1955 after dredging was carried out to extend and remodel the dock and the channel leading to Andrés Port. The triangular islet is 780 meters long and 330 meters wide and is separated from the Andres Port by a channel that is 300 meters wide and around 10 meters deep.
Its flora and fauna includes exotic birds and Australian pine trees, hence its name.
Mustafa Abu Naba’a is a controversial businessman whose business activities have been under scrutiny in this country and abroad. He is the father of Karim Abu Naba’a who has also been involved in several scandals in the country.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
Nov 3, 2016
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