Two maritime zone bills passed out of committee

A legislative committee approved and sent to the full Asamblea Legislativa Tuesday two bills that affect property along the coast. One is No. 18.592 that creates urban zones along the coast. The bill only would apply to existing collections of homes and businesses.

The second measure, No. 18.593 seeks to provide a legal framework to protect homes and businesses that are now illegally in the country’s maritime zone.

Both concepts were supported by President Laura Chinchilla to stop the eviction and demolition of properties along the coast.

An urban zone would provide rights for property owners to have structures near the beach where many of them are now.

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