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    Default Lighthouse without lights, only in the DR

    Columbus Lighthouse in a mess

    The Governor of the Columbus Lighthouse, Mario Bonetti, has lamented the fact that the lighthouse is in darkness and that it now has nothing to attract visitors given the lack of attention by the authorities.

    The lighthouse, inaugurated in 1992 during the government of Joaquin Balaguer, now only has two hours a day of electricity and the surrounding area is unkempt.

    Bonetti said that it has been completely neglected since 2000 and treated like a corpse that was once a beautiful body, and he called on the State for urgent intervention.

    He went on to say that due to the lack of electricity and guards n before there were more than 50 marines guarding it and now there are only three n the lighthouse area is subject to robberies and attacks.

    Nonetheless he said there are around 150 tourists - mostly Russian - visiting every day, providing an income of between RD$400,000 to RD$500,000 to the state per month.

    He said that he had written to the Santo Domingo East town hall, the water authorities, the electricity company and the Dominican Navy but has had no replies at all.

    Bonetti also lamented the state of deterioration of the Dominican flag that flies at the west side of the lighthouse but is in tatters due to sun and wind damage.

    El Faro a Colón está abandonado - listindiario.com

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    The main problem with El Faro a Colon is that it is not photogenic. To take a properly impressive photo of it, you need a helicopter or perhaps a drone, because from the sides, it is large and flat and boring. The idea of putting a lot of museums was clever, but the fact is that its location is pretty remote from other SD landmarks. I visited there once, before there were any exhibits inside, and took some photos, but they were unimpressive because the Faro is only impressive from above. On an architect's exhibit, I am sure is it was very impressive. In fact, the one thing that was impressive was a model of it inside the building.

    I imagine that as it is a symbol to Balaguer, who no one respects much anymore, it will need to slowly decay until it becomes ancient and respectable as a monument or perhaps a ruin.

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    Its always funny/strange to read about an obvious deficiency and need of safety here in the DR. One with forward thinking might try and privatize a tourist attraction/land mark and allow a cash flow and business open and care for such a location. Contracts could be written on the upkeep and such going to the owner/leaser as well as the energy needed to run the system still falling on the shoulders of the local government. Just saying a more open and inviting policy towards investors needs to be implemented along with protection laws/rights to keep the bandidos at bay and out of investors/businessmen's pockets.

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    Here in Miami, we have a number of tourist attractions that could not make it as private ventures: the Spanish Monastery, Vizcaya, the Deering Estate. So they were taken over by Miami Dade County. I do not think that the Faro a Colon could make it on its own as a private venture, at least as it stands. Perhaps if they had some sort of other attractions around it, like the Poblo Espanyol in Barcelona (that is the Catalan name, please do not correct me), or something like a sort of a Colonial exhibit like Williamsburg. The problem is that the thing is just not photogenic. The Casa de Colon is photogenic.

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    the lights at night could be a very good show, with music and lights changing colors, and during the day the musseum in better conditions and air conditioner system. make nicer the areas outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riva_31 View Post
    the lights at night could be a very good show, with music and lights changing colors, and during the day the musseum in better conditions and air conditioner system. make nicer the areas outside.
    The trouble with that is the whole eastern side of Santo Domingo sitting there with no power watching a light show at the Faro de Colon might make them feel a tad pis$ed off.

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    Back when it was new, it was one of the few places that actually HAD electricity!
    On cloudy nights you could see the huge cross that it shown into the night sky from all over SD, very impressive!
    But like every other government "White Elephant" here, it was soon "NOT NEW" anymore, no money generated for the "Politicos" pockets, Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, it was "Lights OUT" for the "Light House"!
    You will see the same thing happening to the "METRO" as soon as it is "Milked Dry"!
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    Hello Tim Smith. There is no such thing as "forward thinking" here. Banish it from your vocabulary and your mind. Expecting f.t. in the DR will open you up to endless heartache, frustation and exasperation. Thinking about forward thinking in the DR is very dangerous thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    The trouble with that is the whole eastern side of Santo Domingo sitting there with no power watching a light show at the Faro de Colon might make them feel a tad pis$ed off.

    Matilda
    The Faro de Colon has been pi**ing people off since they was announced it was going to be built. The poor, starving people in the area held many protests. $$$ could have been better spent elsewhere............ <sigh>

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    lmao Zoom, understood. There are still those of us here that can express "ideas" in the offbeat chance something catches on... I am sure there is a better chance of "catching" something other then a good idea but one still hopes...

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