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Thread: Encuentro Beach Shacks Bulldozed today in Cabarete

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChelseaRose View Post
    This move makes absolutely no sense to me. The surf shacks and the vitality they brought to that stretch of the beach were good for the area, good for the locals working there, and a great draw for tourists who aren't looking for just drinks and all-inclusives on the beach. And they kept that part of the beach relatively clean! It seems like if the real problem is that they were too close to the water, well, then wouldn't it be better to help them relocate across the road? If they were dismantled because they were on private land, its too bad an agreement couldn't have been reached to legalize them, pay some rent, or whatever. All seems short sighted to me!
    Think of it this way. Someone has the money to make it happen. That is all that matters. Think of what Lifestyles as been allowed to do in Cabarete. The land is by law in the public domain. The shacks were illegal. Perhaps the land will be privatized illegally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    Think of what Lifestyles as been allowed to do in Cabarete. The land is by law in the public domain.
    Presumably Encuentro is still within the Junta of Cabarete's area, so a similar outcome is likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROLLOUT View Post
    I suspect that your grasp of the typical dominican mindset is limited.
    Oh, I understand the typical Dominican mindset. Doesn't mean I agree with it. Just voicing my dismay at yet another potentially viable, grassroots operation has been bulldozed in the name of big (outside?) money, government that doesn't seem to care about the people, and technicalities that seem to be overlooked in other cases (Lifestyles steals the beach, people protest and nothing happens. Surf shacks steal the beach, people protest to keep them, but government tears them down anyway. Follow the money).
    Last edited by ChelseaRose; 07-12-2018 at 02:41 PM. Reason: (added quote)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctrob View Post
    No. Since when is it the govt's responsibility to help squatters find a legal place to rent? They're squatters. Move or get moved.
    Sure. That's the hard line. But if there's a development in the works for the land, wouldn't it be an interesting idea to incorporate the surf shacks- collaborate with the entrepreneurs who invested a bit of their money into boards and gear etc, and have them reopen in legal storefronts in the new development? Perhaps that's a pipe dream in this country ... but just because they're squatting doesn't mean what they've started isn't viable- and couldn't make someone some money in rent, perhaps. It's already proven to be a popular draw for tourists and locals alike.
    Last edited by ChelseaRose; 07-12-2018 at 02:56 PM. Reason: (added quote)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChelseaRose View Post
    Sure. That's the hard line. But if there's a development in the works for the land, wouldn't it be an interesting idea to incorporate the surf shacks- collaborate with the entrepreneurs who invested a bit of their money into boards and gear etc, and have them reopen in legal storefronts in the new development? Perhaps that's a pipe dream in this country ... but just because they're squatting doesn't mean what they've started isn't viable- and couldn't make someone some money in rent, perhaps. It's already proven to be a popular draw for tourists and locals alike.
    There is no way they could afford to pay the rent in legal storefronts. A pipe dream indeed.

    ( The illegal shacks were being charged a modest rent (illegally) of the land by someone who never legally owned the land. Such is the real way of the DR. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChelseaRose View Post
    Sure. That's the hard line. But if there's a development in the works for the land, wouldn't it be an interesting idea to incorporate the surf shacks- collaborate with the entrepreneurs who invested a bit of their money into boards and gear etc, and have them reopen in legal storefronts in the new development? Perhaps that's a pipe dream in this country ... but just because they're squatting doesn't mean what they've started isn't viable- and couldn't make someone some money in rent, perhaps. It's already proven to be a popular draw for tourists and locals alike.
    The chicas and surfers have started a support group in Sosua they meet fridays ! Called Squatters rights

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    Probably a lot of mis-truths in that thing. If someone is planning on developing private property, it's probably because of the water sports draw the area already has.

    Either way, key word there being private property.

    And oh yeah, but it's ok for the squatters to build shacks and defecate into the sand. That's fine.
    What a joke.

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    The waves will keep coming, the sand will come and go with the seasons. It will always be a world class surfer's beach regardless of who is occupying the area beyond 60m from the waterline.

    So they've knocked down a few illegal surf shacks that were paying rent to a local mobster. Big deal! Let someone with money come in and actually beautify the place.

    I don't care about the surf shacks. They were an eyesore. I do care about the sort of people who would use this area at night time for all sorts of nefarious dealings.

    I live and own property in Encuentro and I support the actions of the government.

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