Environmental group says Hotel Rui will be topic of hearing

An environmental group says that the Sala IV constitutional court will hold a hearing Nov. 28 on the zoning plan that the Municipalidad de Carrillo put in practice. The group says that the plan was made specifically to favor the construction of the Hotel Rui.

The organization, the Asociacion Confraternidad Guanacasteca, has raised environmental issues and also said that the hearing will define the type of tourism Costa Rica wants.

“The choice is between foreign megaprojects that destroy the mangroves, the forests and the waterways sustained by acts of corruption or ecological tourism, rural, cultural and respectful of the legality and where the community participates and  benefits,” said an announcement. The Confraternidad said that the public can attend the 9 a.m. hearing.

The organization said it plans to present technical studies that address turtles in risk of extinction that nest in Playa Matapalo, something that was not considered in the zoning plan, which is called the plan regulador, and hidden from the Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental to get approval of the environmental impact study.

The five-star hotel opened in October 2009.  It is on the Pacific on the north coast. Construction was not possible unless the municipality approved a zoning plan and specified land where hotels could be located.

Gadi Amit, a member of the Confraternidad and a resident of the area, has filed claims that the hotel went up over some runoff ditches.

The Confraternidad has battled most development in the Guanacaste area.

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