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Residents of Isla Colon in Bocas Del Toro Tired of Open Air Dump

Protests & DemonstrationsResidents of the community of Boca del Drago on Isla Colon (in Bocas del Toro) closed the road that goes to the landfill, complaining of odors and the large number of flies that come out of there. They also complained about the contamination of a creek, and that the Mayor of Bocas del Toro Island, Jose Anderson, has not complied with the payment to the landowner. Natalio Atencio, community spokesman, said the community is concerned because the project does not meet specifications.

Open Air Dump - He said first they were told this landfill would be in a trench and it was not going to affect the inhabitants, but now, because of the way they are throwing away the garbage, it's nothing more than an open dump. Demetrius Brown, the owner of the land, said the City government owes him $4,800 dollars for a two year lease for two hectares of land, they have made four different payment arrangements, but none of them have been fulfilled.

Meanwhile, Mayor Anderson said the payment could not be performed in the first place because Brown did not have his papers in order, since he had a possessory right, and then later he obtained a certification (title) from the National Land Authority, and with these documents they are advancing the procedures through the Comptroller in order to make the corresponding payment. He clarified that the garbage disposal system that exists in the area is a trench, and the debris that can be observed comes from some people who go to the area to rip open the bags in order to take what they can find.

Given the possibility that residents would throw the garbage at the door of City Hall, Anderson said it would be unfortunate that there are people who are considering doing this, because they are damaging the image for tourism. He said there are "political hands" who are trying to stir all of this up in order to take advantage, but it's not the time yet. "Isla Colon is a tourist island and they are playing with something that's very dangerous, because we are planning with the tourism minister, Solomon Shamah, for cruise ship arrivals during the month of October, and international flights directly from South America, to increase tourism" he said. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: Mayor Jose Anderson is PRD, and as such Isla Colon has been pretty much ignored by the current administration. When I was there in April investigating the disappearance of Yvonne Baldelli, there was a press conference held in the City Hall building. In short, the roof is falling in. When it rains you can take a shower, inside. The message is clear - wrong political party = no money for you, Jose... And yeah sure, this issue of the dump has been a problem there for years.

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Residents of Isla Colon in Bocas Del Toro Tired of Open Air Dump
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 06 2012 @ 07:35 PM EDT

Hmmmm, big open air dump. If the shoe fits wear it!
I wish this publication would Investigate the validity of the elected officials and other currently sitting in town offices in that place, maybe another dump will be needed.
Normally rats will leave the dump when the food is all gone, oh well
Maybe Im confusing rats with cockroaches?

Residents of Isla Colon in Bocas Del Toro Tired of Open Air Dump
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 06 2012 @ 09:05 PM EDT

In addition to my previous comment, I dont think so much as "people"are picking open the trash bags as much as the kite sized vultures that exhist there,but as this publication has numerously times stated the complete corrupt government, "amen yes it is" that exhists , cannot honestly expect money from the national government to be thrown away in that den of political filth like isla colon.Where for example,when president martinelli visited the island and the Cough cough mayor was nowhere to be found, em hem, for weeks,"what a discrace ha? hiding?
Yes, here is another prime time example , Mayor" please show me the documents that show he is legally elected" has not paid rent for a contract that he allegedly signed? Who signed it? What was different at the time it was signed? other than now this property is in a better state legally than before?
Hmmmm sounds like another flip flop double talk con game to me.
Mr Brown, it is a cold world there and unfortunately,the head of town there uses the police to bully innocent people around like yourself.
Sickening but sad, If it is ok, now that this publication is reporting directly that the mayor,"again, using this name just to identify an individual only" says now All is in order to process, I would like to offer $100.00 if you send me a copy of the check you receive from the government there. This is your choice,but I would love to keep this alive and see the end result. The comptroller office there is nothing more than a small office and a couple desks so it should not take too long for you to get your money , right? You can email me from this site.
Who knows, hey if more people there are waiting for their check, emai
me and this publication also. Lets get it on! Ive got more hundreds!
And Mr Brown, you should demand or sue if you dont get your money!
Dont waste your time with the top office of government there, "you know what I mean" hahaha

Residents of Isla Colon in Bocas Del Toro Tired of Open Air Dump
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 06 2012 @ 09:39 PM EDT

Oh, im sorry, another add on to my comment, I was directly informed by a very high level political person there that the building that the municipal offices are in, aka city hall, is in fact a federal,national building and was not an authorized location for local government municipal offices, but well,you know , they just nested in there. Believe it or not! So I guess, they have to fix the
leak, hahaha, maybe the money they hijacked from me can fix the leak?
My oh my, where does all the money go?
And im sure after the international airlines read the latest report from the usa embassy about the judicial system there, they will think twice about dropping off their passengers into a trap. Or all the latest deaths,robberies,attacks, sorry im out of ink.

Residents of Isla Colon in Bocas Del Toro Tired of Open Air Dump
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, June 07 2012 @ 11:36 AM EDT

If the mayor is so concerned about tourism then why does he impose fees for live music at the bars the tourists attend. Why does he demand bribes to build in Bocas? why does he require a permit to hold a fund raiser for the school children of Bocas? Why did he receive $75.00 per table for vendors at the Bastimentos boat races? I don't believe he cares about tourism in Bocas. All he wants to do is fill his pockets with all of the money he can with his remaining time as mayor.

But that's just my opinion...