Work begins to clear rubble where two hotels were demolished

Contractors have begun removing the rubble of the hotels Suerre and Palmas at Punto Uva on the Caribbean coast. These are the two hotels that were demolished nearly year ago because they had infringed on the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Gandoca Manzanillo.

Since the demolition the two sites have become attractive nuisances and drew a lot of homeless and other suspicious people there. Residents have been complaining.

When the demolition took place between July 26 and Aug. 1 last year, residents protested and blocked the roads. Both hotels
were elegant and located on well-groomed grounds. At one time the government considered using one of the hotels as a tourism school.

The demolition and now the cleanup is under the jurisdiction of the Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones and its Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación.

Officials estimated that the job would take about six weeks. Alquileres y Demoliciones OL S.A. is doing the work, and the rubble will be trucked to Limón Centro.

Environmental officials want to restore the site to the condition that existed before the hotels were built.

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