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New beach access bill will contradict the Constitution and create legal limbo

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic Hotels and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES) on Sunday said the bill aimed at regulating access to the beaches is “inconsistent with the current law,” which far from proposing realistic rules that adhere to the country’s geographic reality, “its approval will create confusion and legal limbo, which would hurt the country’s development.”

It said they’re not opposed to regulating individuals’ access to the beaches, but note that the legislation should be realistic with rules consistent with the existing legal framework that promotes development.

“The beaches are a heritage of society, vital for the existence of tourism which is a activity of strategic value, so its use and care should be considered a matter of high national interest, and therefore the regulations should be carefully designed considering the need to preserve and anticipating negative consequences for the national interest,” ASONAHORES said in a statement.

It said the bill before the Senate contradicts  Articles of the Constitution, the Civil Code and disregards provisions of the Land Registry Law, newly formulated on easements which obliges one property to provide access to a neighboring property and in this case the coast, rivers, beaches and lakes.

“The bill also contradicts the land use zoning plans and the executive orders approving the use of the coastal strip, and lacks technical specifications that provide clear and implementable solutions to problems such as indiscriminate and unregulated boats, pollution and widespread disorder affecting beaches, rivers and lakes.”

Source: DT

July 18, 2016

Category: DR News |

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