Prosecutors seek to halt Guanacaste condo-hotel project

A prosecutor has asked a judge to halt work on the Mar Serena condos in Santa Cruz. The project is being investigated for criminal environmental violations, said the Poder Judicial.

The location is near Playas Zapotillal and Nombre de Jesús in the district of Cabo Vela, Matapalo, said the Poder Judicial. A release Friday said the request came from the Fiscalía Adjunta Agrario Ambiental before the Juzgado Penal de Hacienda of the II Circuito Judicial.

A hearing is scheduled Tuesday where a representative of the developers, identified as Playa Pelícano Holdings SRL, is expected to appear. The prosecutors office is seeking the
work stoppage while the investigation continues.

In addition to condos, the project is supposed to include a five-star hotel. The Poder Judicial said that neighbors complained and that the prosecutors determined that a large area of trees had been cut down.

The investigation has widened to include the Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental and the regional office of the Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones, said the Poder Judicial. These would be the offices responsible for issuing permits.

The prosecutor said that the violations alleged include extraction of minerals, perhaps gravel, at the site, said the Poder Judicial.

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