Unhappy Flamingo residents get less action than they had hoped

The Sala IV constitutional court stopped short of shutting down the annual Playa Flamingo New Year’s party that is expected to bring in more than 5,000 people for seven days.

The Asociación Pro Mejoras de Flamingo sought relief from the constitutional court, but in a preliminary order released Friday and sent to reporters by the association, the court simply told officials to keep an eye on the event.

Residents are irked by the continual noise, the boisterous crowds, the trash and the blockage of a main access road.

The location is the Bar Restaurant Ambares, but that business has leased its facilities to a San José party organization, which brings in the young crowd.

Hotel owners say that they are losing business because the upscale tourists who frequent places like Flamingo are not happy with the noise.

The Sala IV preliminary order said that health officials should keep an eye on pollution, environmental damage and the obstruction of the public right-of-way.

Unhappy residents also are expected to be documenting what transpires at the long-running party. Although they were unable to half the party this year, presumably the Sala IV will use the evidence gathered to adjudicate the case.

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