Gringo land grab bill: Hotel billionaire owners to be allowed to privatized Puerto Rico beaches and prohibit public access under PC 2853, a bill pass by Puerto Rico’s Assembly Chamber.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
June 26, 2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico – Today Puerto Rico is a facing a $72 billion dollar deficit owed to major creditors and the U.S. On June 13, legislative Representatives in the Puerto Rico’s Assembly Chamber voted 44 in favor, Representative José Luis Báez Rivera voted no and 6 others were absent to approve Chamber Project 2853 (PC 2853), which would allow hotel billionaires along coastal beaches to lease and privatized the beaches and prohibit public access. The project creates the Ecotourism Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico under the direction of the Secretary of Natural Resources to approve 30-year leases for franchises, permits and licenses for private use or personal use unless the beaches are turned over to the Free Associated State of Puerto Rico or a municipality after a lease terminates and no longer renewed.
The hotel locations and beaches affected are in Vieques, Culebra, Isla Verde, Condado, Isabela, Lajas, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Ríncon and the Puerto Rico Senate just approved sections of La Parguera en Lejas to be leased for private tourist use and destination, sections privatized will prohibit public access.