Maritime zone dwellers get their eviction delay

President Laura Chinchilla has signed into law a measure that places a moratorium on evictions in the nation’s maritime zone. The measure likely will be subject to a court appeal.

The president also said that three proposed laws would benefit those who live in the maritime zone, at the nation’s borders and on state land. They will be presented to the legislature.

The central government recognizes that the two-year moratorium is a temporary measure.

One proposal covers coastal areas where there is no zoning law or plan regulador. According to Casa Presidencial, the measure allows construction in the maritime zone to remain until a zoning plan is enacted as long as there is no negative environmental factors. Then the construction must conform to the plan.

A second proposal would declare towns in the maritime zone as urban areas and allow local authorities to set up a zoning plan. Urban areas have far more flexibility in allowing construction in the maritime zone.

The zone is 200 meters inland from mean high tide. A number of communities on both coasts have extensive construction inside these limits. Such a law received approval for the southern Caribbean, but the Sala IV declared the measure unconstitutional

Ms. Chinchilla signed the law Tuesday, but the action was not announced until Wednesday.

Casa Presidencial also released Wednesday the text of a letter that the president sent to Víctor Emilio Granados, president of the Asamblea Legisaltiva. In it, Ms. Chinchilla outlined her reasons for vetoing a bill that would have permitted widespread photocopying of copyrighted works.

The bill was presented as a way to help students by letting them photocopy texts legally, but the measure was far broader.

Copy shop operators, who face penalties including prison for infringing on copyrighted works, supported the measure. Authors and others involved in creating intellectual property urged a veto.

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