Puntarenas needs facelift not a $3 million pool

Remember the phrase that then U.S. presidential candidate Obama uttered when he was referring to U.S. foreign policy?  He said, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.”   Now Costa Rica wants to spend $3 million dollars to build a new, two-story swimming pool in Puntarenas.   C’mon people… isn’t this the same thing as putting lipstick on a pig?

Puntarenas is in need of a major facelift.  They need to tear down the slums, build better housing, improve the roads and make the streets safer for its citizens before it needs a swimming pool!  Again, this is another example of short-sighted planning or some claws buried in the pockets of local officials.

Andy Browne
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

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