Measure on coastal rights advances in legislature

A legislative committee agreed unanimously Tuesday to pass to the full legislature a measure that is designed to prevent demolitions and evictions in the nation’s maritime zone. The bill has the support of Casa Presidencial.

According to the final draft, the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía still can take action in case of environmental danger. In addition, court orders also will be respected.

The bill only will prevent evictions and demolitions for 24 months while officials seek other solutions to the problem of persons and businesses that are located in the country’s maritime zone.

The zone is the first 200 meters above mean high tide. The first 50 meters are characterized as public land. The next 150 meters can be occupied by those who have a concession granted by the municipality. Many coastal dwellers live in homes and have businesses that pre-date the maritime law, and some have been demolished.

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