Where’s the money, lawmaker asks

Karla Prendas Matarrita said Tuesday she thinks the government used tourism money from the government of Japan for another purpose. She is a member of the opposition Partido Liberación Nacional.

Ms. Prendas told other lawmakers that the government of Japan agreed in 2011 to provide $2 million for work at the  Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Isla San Lucas. The Gulf of Nicoya island is the location of the historic prison and is a tourism attraction.

She said the money was supposed to go for a floating dock for universal access, a training center, rehabilitation of wells and a system to generate electricity as well as homes for those public employees who live on the island.

She asked that the government ministers involved be called to testify on the status of the money.

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