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    Bulldozers descended on Long Beach this afternoon! I called someone I know who has a business down there, here is what she told me:

    All businesses in Long Beach constructed of wood are being bulldozed today. All businesses in Long Beach of other construction are being given until Friday to remove all their possessions then they are being torn down.

    Apparently there is a meeting on Friday at the Ministry of Tourism (not sure where) each legitimate business owner will be given a new location for their business!

    The places being bulldozed - I saw people running in and out trying to salvage anything of value and pull it out of the path of the trucks.

    Crystal is not effected but everything else across the road, around the corner and on the waterfront is being removed!

    Wow, no notice.... I am sure there will be trouble soon.

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    I didn't know it was illegal to own a wooden structure.

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    I heard they were fixing up the beach, which is great, but this is too much.

    How can they do this?
    Are these people squatters?

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    My intrepid, in-house NewsHound is out scouting the story as I type. She will report back just as soon as she can with the update info. Photos MIGHT be available if she is allowed to take some (Or can sneak some even if she is NOT allowed!!). ~ Grahame.

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    NO the wooden structures are not illegal but the entire business might be.

    Supposedly some of these businesses were purchased from previous "owners" who of course might not have actually owned anything.

    My information is all second hand. My observations were not. I saw the bulldozers, dump trucks and many many police and military. Unfortunately I did not have my digital camera with me!

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    I had heard elsewhere that the people were being given 24 hours to vacate.
    I guess this is not so.

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    Karen and Jim who own the Irish Pub were in shock! They have until Friday to move all their equipment out and find a place to live as well!

    Rocky it was unbelievable to see people running in and out of some of the businesses trying to salvage equipment, lining them up in the street.

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    What about Portofino?

    What about red englishman Dereck`s corner bar?

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    Portofino's was not effected when I was there and is actually not on Long Beach.

    As far as I know there is no longer a "corner bar" Not sure which one you are referring to. If it is right near Cristal - it is gone.

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    A 75 year old man sits with bowed head and vanished dreams. All Manolo wanted was to be able to end his days living in his favourite spot above what used to be Hansi's bar in Long Beach. The others are picking up what they can of their belongings and hoping to sleep at the homes of friends or family tonight. But Manolo will stay. He will stay until the bulldozers demolish the concrete apartment he has called home for many years. That will be on Friday.

    I'll cut the 'reporting' and get to the facts. To start with Politur would not allow vehicular access to the area. I asked why. 'A broken vehicle'. Untrue. Broken homes and lives, yes. No broken vehicles. I have a good memory for faces so I will find the 19 year old whipper snapper in Politur uniform who lied to me and I will take a photo of him. Tomorrow or later in the week.

    All the casetas are down. The area is a mass of zinc & palm roofs all flattened. People are salvaging what they can. By Friday all the concrete structures will be down. For those that know Manolo (the Cuban who retired from US to here) that is the Manolo referred to above.

    The French Canadian who owns the place next to the Irish pub said they were told yesterday. Businesses will get compensation I understand. There is a meeting with Felucho (Tourism Minister) on Saturday. Should be quite a meeting. Residents will not get compensation I was told, even though they have been paying rent. Residents were informed this morning.

    The businesses have Clausurado notices plastered on them, plus Salud Publica notices. The general belief is that the Government has bought the land to sell to a hotel for hotel, casino and pools. The old Beach Hotel also has a Clausurado notice but people believe it will be renovated as a historical building. At the same time bulldozers are on the beach doing the sand renewal operations with lots of people watching all along the Malecon.

    I have some pictures & Grahame will contact Robert for posting. It will be on Channel 8 tonight - I bumped into the Channel 8 reporter & we shared info. The Army was blocking off the Montemar entrance to the area, so I parked further away & walked. No problem if you were a pedestrian. Residents were salvaging plastic chairs etc, some pick up trucks arrived for the wooden poles and sheets of zinc.

    If you want to see the old Long Beach before it disappears entirely go tomorrow. Take a mask - knocking down concrete structures is dusty work.

    A lot of people are now homeless. And many who worked at the businesses are out of work. Everyone without exception blamed Leonel. Everyone. They don't know why it happened & they weren't forewarned.

    I was a Government supporter until tonight. This is absolutely monstrous. Sorry for the long post. I'm seething.

    Ginnie

    Nearly forgot. Anyone going to Long Beach tomorrow take some food & water for the animals. A lot of abandoned dogs and cats. They're not strays, they have collars etc. Plus any help for the humans still there.......those out of work, for example.
    Last edited by Lambada; 08-01-2006 at 07:33 PM.

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