Caribbean Hotels Receive Reprieve From Demolition

November 6, 2009

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court Chamber of Civil and Administrative Law (Sala I) suspended the evacuation and demolition of Las Palmas Hotel and Hotel Suerre in Punta Uva on the Caribbean coast near Puerto Viejo on Monday afternoon, the day before environment authorities planned to topple the buildings.

The Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), which seeks the hotels’ demolition for allegedly harming the environment, was notified of the resolution on Tuesday morning.

The court issued a “provisional preventative measure” and demanded more time to analyze the situation before making a decision. Court officials scheduled a public hearing for all involved parties for Nov. 27.

Both structures are located within the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. MINAET claims that the construction and operation of the hotels has caused ecological damage.

In 1993, MINAET – then called the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines – revoked the occupancy permits for the buildings. The Sala I ordered the demolition of the structures in 2004.

–Mike McDonald

 

You may be interested

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact
Weather
1069 views
Weather
1069 views

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact

John McPhaul - December 12, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the devastating 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica
Weather
3484 views
Weather
3484 views

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica

Katherine Stanley - December 12, 2017

High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving…

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie
Keylor Navas
831 views
Keylor Navas
831 views

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie

AFP - December 11, 2017

Real Madrid's first foray into the January transfer market will be to snap up Athletic Bilbao's promising goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga,…