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High Court Orders Escazú To Clean Up Vacant Lots

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) has ordered the municipality of Escazú to clean up the empty lots around town that have become de facto trash dumps.

The court’s ruling came in response to an injunction filed by an Escazú resident identified only by the last names Bolaños Sasso.

Escazú, southwest of San José, is a mix of high-end condo towers, upscale businesses and traditional Costa Rican homes and businesses.

The court ordered Escazú Mayor Marta Gabriela Calvo to immediately clean up the increasing number of illegal landfills around the municipality. In the injunction, Bolaños Sasso warned the dumps were becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Bolaños Sasso also complained that the stagnant water around the canton is weakening the foundations of buildings and has led to landslides and collapsed constructions and that the town lacks proper gutters and drains.


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