Marina Construction Projects Decline

In Costa Rica there are just three marinas currently in operation and only six projects are still underway, while in 2007 there were 21 announced.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The reasons why 12 projects were cancelled are diverse but include the financial crisis, which dried up sources of credit, the general decline in tourism activity and investment, as well as the tedious and slow procedures for obtaining the permits required.

The latter does not appear to have a short term solution, according to Ana Cristina Camacho Sandoval in her article for Elfinancierocr.com. Juan Carlos Ramos, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Tourism says that, "at the beginning of June the Constitutional Court rejected a bill (no. 14836) to simplify procedures and create incentives for marinas and maritime piers. Magistrates found constitutional issues with one of the articles relating to local consultation... This third interruption affects Costa Rica's ability to compete in the marine tourism market."

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