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Panama's Yacht and Fishing Club - Next To Be Seized By Martinelli?

Boats and SailingBy Aet Elisa Tejera C. for La Crítica - Another concession that will be reviewed (by the new administration of Ricardo Martinelli) is that given to the Club de Yates y Pesca (Yacht and Fishing Club), where the State had to pay $8 million dollars to build three hectares of landfill, forming part of the construction of the new "Coastal Strip" - land that was handed over to this organization. Panama's Minister of Economy and Finance, Alberto Vallarino, said they would call the directors of the Club to come in for a meeting next week for them to report on the landfill. "The State created this landfill with an investment of $8 million dollars that did not have to be done, and much less for free," said Vallarino. He indicated the Panamanian Maritime Authority will be conducting a detailed review of the concession contracts to determine how many of these properties will be seized because the people holding the concessions have not complied with the contracts. The Yacht and Fishing Club has occupied 1.8 hectares of ocean front and marina property for decades without proper authority or permissions. In 1959 the State gave finca number 30,147 to the club measuring 8,088 square meters, but over the years the club expanded and now occupies 4.7 hectares. The Club alleges the building of the Coastal Strip affected their facilities, which is why they returned the lands donated to them by the state in 1959 in exchange for the three new hectares of landfill built by the State as part of the new Coastal Strip.

Yates y Pesca en la mira

Aet Elisa Tejera C. | Crítica

Otra concesión que será revisada es la otorgada al Club de Yates y Pesca, donde el Estado tuvo que pagar $8 millones por el relleno de tres hectáreas que formaban parte del relleno de la Cinta Costera y que fueron otorgadas a esa organización.

El ministro Alberto Vallarino dijo que la próxima semana se llamará a los directivos del Club para que rindan un informe sobre el relleno.

"El Estado ha realizado un relleno con una inversión de $8 millones que no tenía que hacer y mucho menos de forma gratuita", expresó el titular de Economía y Finanzas.

Indicó que la Autoridad Marítima de Panamá está revisando los contratos de concesión de fondo de mar para definir cuántos propietarios serán expropiados de sus terrenos por no cumplir con las normas.

El Club de Yates y Pesca ocupó por décadas más de 1, 8 hectáreas de playa y fondo de mar sin estar autorizado. En 1959, el Estado le cedió al Club la finca 30, 147 con una extensión de 8, 088 metros cuadrados, pero al cabo de los años quedó ocupando 4, 7 hectáreas.

El Club alegó que la Cinta Costera afectaba sus instalaciones por la que cedió la finca regalada en 1959 y otros rellenos a cambio de las tres hectáreas rellenadas a costo para el Estado.

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