Costambar business protest privatizing of parking
Claiming that the new RD$100 charge to have access to the beaches in Costambar will deter patrons and reduce the attractiveness of this area to domestic and foreign tourists, the community of Puerto Plata has begun a protest of the recent city government announcement of the privatizing of the beach area.
The decision of the council of the Puerto Plata city government was unexpected by the Association of Owners of Condominiums of the Costambar residential and commercial area (APC) and the associations of vendors, and neighborhood boards. These groups said the move by the municipality is illegal because the area is private, not public land.
The president of the council for the city government said that Sajona Soluciones y Servicios was chosen to be in charge of parking in the area and was approved that it would charge RD$100 to every vehicle entering the tourism project over the next 10 years.
Luis Brugal, representative of the Association of Condominium Proprietors (APC) said that the city government did not consult the affected sectors that at present have the control of the complex. He said charging for parking on Costambar Beach will affect the owners of property in the area and the businesses that locate there because thousands of visitors will no longer come. The president of the association of vendors, Domingo Silverio Rodriguez, lamented the decision that brings in a company that is not an owner of property in the complex to manage and charge for parking.
Mauro Gally, an Italian who has been operating a restaurant in the area for the past 30 years and is a resident in Costambar expressed concern, fearing that his business could go bankrupt due to the council’s policy.
Source: DR1, 7dias
Feb 11, 2017
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