Lawmakers seek to solve development deadlock in Las Terrenas

Lawmakers seek to solve development deadlock in Las Terrenas

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Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic.- Legislators of the Chamber of Deputies Tourism and Environment commissions met with investors, workers, freight unions and merchants of Las Terrenas, Samaná, in the wake of on the conflicts with local Environment Ministry officials.

Different sectors of the tourist community organized the meeting held in the hotel Alisei, on complaints that Environment drags its feet in issuing permits and harasses promoters.

Environment commission president Mario Fernandez, and Juan Maldonado of the Tourism commission, said the locals allege that Environment officials have halted around 30 projects, and has led to higher unemployment and a drop in sales of construction materials among others.

They said the people also denounced extortion against some promoters.

Although Environment minister Jaime D. Fernandez Mirabal didn’t attend, in a statement cautioned the promoters to comply with the Environmental Law, to protect the natural resources. He said he will meet with Environment representatives so they explain why the projects were halted.

Fernandez Mirabal and vice minister Ernesto Reyna have revealed the forging of environmental permits in Las Terrenas, and that many promoters don’t want to adhere to the Environmental Law.

They’ve denied that 30 projects have been halted, after showing a list of 20 currently in the evaluation system, and most of those already have permits.

However projects adviser Litvinf Martinez said Environment personnel resort to “petty extortion” against many promoters whom he affirms have to pay a “toll” to expedite the permits. “At the pace we’re going there’s increasingly more legal security for turbid deals.


Defenders say that representitives of the Ministry of Environment in Las Terrenas are extorting…

Defenders say that representatives of the Ministry of Environment in Las Terrenas are extorting…

The Minister of Environment requested that the abuses be reported….

BREAKING NEWS: LAS TERRENAS – The Minister of Environment & Natural Resources, Mirabal was made following reports by project developers in Las Terrenas claiming to be victims of extortion by local officials. However, the minister said that the contractors also acted illegally, and fears it is an attempt to discredit officials…

He added that many of the developers built without permits and in some cases – as in Las Terrenas – produced forged permit certificates.

“They must be judged, as we do in cases of extortion. If they (the developers) know by whom they have been extorted. The Ministry of Environment says that when someone is guilty of misconduct, they should be punished”.


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Direct Flights from the U.S.A.

Rumor has it that 3 new Cities will add direct flights to El Catey/Samana Peninsula starting in December. This means it is only a 15-20 minute drive to Las Terrenas now!!!

Anyone have solid news of this??? What a change it will mean for Las Terrenas and the Samana Peninsula! Time to get in is NOW!!!!!!!!!

3. Tourism shows steady growth

3. Tourism shows steady growth
The Dominican Republic is the leading tourist destination in the Caribbean, according to Arturo Villanueva of the National Hotels and Restaurants Association (Asonahores). According to Villanueva, the country has experienced a growth in the number of tourist arrivals for nine straight months. The gap left by the decrease in the number of tourists from the traditional countries has been filled by tourists from other countries such as Russia, according to Villanueva. The flow of tourists to the Dominican Republic has increased as a result of advertising campaigns overseas funded by both public and private sources. In a television interview, Villanueva pointed out that the absence of tourists from countries like Spain, hard hit by the economic crisis, and France, for example, has been replaced by tourists from new markets like Russia and other European countries, as well as from South America. He added that a 1.2% fall in foreign tourists last month was more than compensated for by Dominicans, both local and from overseas, who were enjoying their summer holidays.

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Legisladores intervienen en conflicto de Las Terrenas

Descartaron la posibilidad de interpelar a Jaime David Fernández como plantearan algunos

Escrito por: ODALIS MEJIA

las terrenas

Las Terrenas

Legisladores  de las comisiones de Turismo y Medio Ambiente de la Cámara de Diputados sostuvieron un encuentro con inversionistas, trabajadores, transportistas  y comerciantes del municipio de  Las Terrenas,  Samaná, a  fin de conocer sobre los conflictos que se han originado  allí con las autoridades del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente.
El encuentro, celebrado en el hotel Alisei, fue organizado por  los diferentes  sectores productivos de esa comunidad turística,  que se han quejado de que Medio Ambiente tarda mucho  en otorgar los permisos pero que además atropella a los promotores.
Los legisladores estuvieron encabezados por Mario Fernández, presidente de la comisión de Medio Ambiente, y Juan  Maldonado de la comisión de Turismo.
Fernández informó que  los afectados alegaron que las autoridades ambientales les tienen paralizados unos treinta proyectos, lo que ha provocado un gran desempleo  y la disminución de las ventas ferreteras y de otra índole.
También dijo que les denunciaron  que se han dado casos de extorsión a los promotores.
Fernández Mirabal aseguró que  alertó a los promotores de que hay que cumplir con la Ley Ambiental, a  fin de  conservar los recursos naturales.
A la reunión no asistió ningún representante del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, pese a que se cursó  una invitación. Mientras que por Turismo estuvo presente la arquitecta Maribel Villalona, encargada de Planificación de esa cartera.
Fernández  dijo que ahora sostendrán una reunión con representantes de Medio Ambiente para que explique las razones  de las paralizaciones.
Señaló que aunque en el encuentro se planteó la posibilidad de interpelar al ministro de Medio Ambiente, Jaime David Fernández Mirabal, entiende que aún no hay razones para aplicar ese procedimiento.
Tanto Fernández Mirabal como el viceministro de Gestión Ambiental, Ernesto Reyna,  han declarado que en Las Terrenas se han dado casos de falsificaciones de permisos ambientales y que muchos promotores no quieren cumplir con la Ley Ambiental.
Han negado que  sean 30 proyectos los que están paralizados, tras mostrar una relación de 20 que están en el sistema de evaluación y que la mayoría ya cuenta con su autorización.
Reiteran denuncias
Litvinoff Martínez, asesor de proyectos en Las Terrenas, afirmó que personal ambiental se convierten en “buscones” y aplican el chantaje a muchos promotores para que les paguen peajes a  fin de agilizar los permisos
Destacó que aunque existen promotores inescrupulosos, éstos actúan en complicidad con autoridades locales. “Al ritmo que vamos, cada vez hay más seguridad jurídica para los negocios turbios”, expresó Martínez.


La semana pasada reportaba la prensa escrita la reacción de un Vice-ministro de Medio Ambiente, el Sr. Ernesto Reyna, respecto a la supuesta falsificación de licencias ambientales por parte de promotores turísticos extranjeros de Las Terrenas. Señalaba que tanto su firma como la del Sr. Ministro habían sido falsificadas en unos casos que no mencionó.

Interesante la declaración del Sr. Vice-ministro apuntando los cañones del gobierno hacia el sector privado, cuando es de conocimiento público que ello sólo es posible con la complicidad de funcionarios y adláteres del partido los cuales, a cambio de la remuneración apropiada (“que hay que repartir con los de arriba”), son los únicos que conocen la forma y el fondo de las licencias que emite el Ministerio. En efecto, cómo imaginarse que un promotor extranjero, con escasos o nulos conocimientos de la lengua, tenga la brillantez de agenciarse un documento oficial, modificarlo para aplicarlo a su caso especifico y luego escanear la firma y el sello de Medio Ambiente?  Y haciendo esta pregunta, que contiene en si misma la respuesta, no quiero exonerar de culpa a algún que otro promotor inescrupuloso, sea éste nacional o extranjero. Porque de que los hay, los hay. Y son precisamente éstos los más rentables para los funcionarios y sus asesores de la parcela política en el poder.

El Ministerio sabe muy bien dónde están las responsables de estas barbaridades. Por qué no interroga al responsable que tiene en Samaná y al energúmeno que tuvo en Las Terrenas hasta hace poco? Pero no, no lo va a hacer. Es mucho más fácil culpar a los promotores que comenzar a hurgar en el comportamiento y en las cuentas bancarias de los compañeritos a quienes se les ha dado un cargo “para que se la busquen”.

Ahora resulta que deben pagar justos por pecadores. Cuando se presenta un proyecto, lo primero que se hace es solicitar al Ministerio de Medio Ambiente los términos de referencia y esto se hace a través de un profesional acreditado para ello. Lo que sucede de ahí en adelante, se desarrolla entre el profesional contratado y la autoridad competente. Cuando se trata de proyectos de menor cuantía, lo que se estila es que el Ministerio emita una declaración ambiental y aún en este caso, se debe recurrir a un profesional acreditado. Lo que sucede a menudo es que los funcionarios se sustituyen a los profesionales acreditados, envían sus buscones y todo se arregla “entre familia”. Y es ahí en donde intervienen los promotores inescrupulosos para quienes sólo cuentan sus beneficios aunque para ello haya que sacrificar el entorno.

Por qué digo que pagan justos por pecadores? Porque, de pronto, los funcionarios se vuelven mas “honestos” de la cuenta y se convierten en verdaderos “guardianes” del interé$ nacional lo cual, a su vez, se convierte en otro mecanismo de chantaje en sus manos: “si no aumentas el precio del peaje, te aplico todo el rigor de la ley”.

Y pensar que todo ello se hace para proteger el medio ambiente y en nombre de la seguridad jurídica de este paraíso de la inversión extranjera que nos gastamos. Al ritmo que vamos, cada vez hay más seguridad jurídica para los negocios turbios. Trate de hacer las cosas respetando la ley y se la ponen en China!

Litvinoff Martínez, 29/06/10