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SANTO DOMINGO. - The Dominican Tourism Press Association (Adompretur) today called for a ban on the makeshift docks known as "pirate piers," and a halt on boat traffic in the areas reserved for swimmers in Punta Cana.

The journalists question the authorities for allowing those piers to operate, with unregulated boat traffic that could be used for the trafficking of persons and smuggling, including drugs and weapons. "Hotels in the area have reported several injuries from the heavy traffic of boats and other craft in the area that should be reserved for swimmers, a situation which is affecting the quality and image of Dominican Republic’s most important tourism destination."

Adompretur president Osvaldo Soriano agrees with the Environment’s Ministry’s decision to remove the numerous boats occupying the 60-meter swath of beach at Bavaro and supports Provincial director Julio Mora’s effort to recover public areas called Bibijagua and Jellyfish.

Soriano added that the measure should be the starting point for a responsible effort to improve that environmental quality and safety at Bavaro Beach. "We applaud this Environment Ministry initiative but we feel that it shouldn’t be limited to an occasional move, and instead a commitment from all government agencies which deal with tourism, public safety, security, and the conservation of our natural resources.”

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2 comment(s)
Written by: Cacique, 19 Jun 2012 2:25 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Kiskeya beaches too small for many many kanoes, but tourist want travel, brave need job, How!
Written by: zooma, 19 Jun 2012 4:18 PM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

You have to ask who is in the right. Why? Because before the arrival of resorts to occupy the many miles of beachfront in the Punta Cana area the boats existed. Boats of fishermen and the few residents were beached in many areas dotting the coastline. The resorts took over the coastline and ousted the residents and fishermen. Cap Cana moving Juanillo residents is an example of this abuse. The few fishermen and tour operators who have limited access to the sea are being punished because of environmental issues. This is nothing more than a smokescreen for the resorts to have a monopoly on the coast.. The gov't should be more concerned to allow beach use and access to boating, commercial and public. The case of Jellyfish and Bibijagua is blown out of proportion, the waters of beach of the IFA resort is cordoned off to protect the "swimmers" from boat traffic essential to the tourism industry, ie water taxies and boat excursions.

Space has to be recovered for multi use.

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