2000 Travel News ArchiveTravel

President Mejía in Samana

The Mejía government met in Samana yesterday. The President listened to the list of priority projects presented by Governor Amada Manzueta de Medina, Samana city Mayor Virgilio Mercado, Senator Ramiro Espin, and Manuel Arturo Peña, of Portillo Beach Resort, who represented the business sector. During the visit, the President observed the renovated Malecón area. Architect Leonardo Macarrulla said that the 1.2 kilometer boulevard had been redesigned and converted into a grand plaza of 15,000 square meters facing the Bay of Samana. He said that a second phase includes the construction of a bus terminal and a base for the Navy. In Samana, the President announced: Aerodom will build a new international airport at El Catey starting in February which should be ready by mid 2002. This airport will have capacity to handle widebody jets that the present Arroyo Barril Airport can not. Arroyo Barril will continue to handle domestic flights. Construction works on El Limón-Las Terrenas road will continue. The road provides an alternate route to the twisting Las Terrenas mountain for those traveling to Samana from Sánchez. A dam/aqueduct will be built using waters of the Rio San Juan to serve the potable water needs of the communities of Samana and irrigation needs for 50 year span. New sewage facilities will be built. Nineteen buoys will be placed in the Samana port area. Samana will benefit from the nationwide program to place signs on roads and highways in the DR. Four coconut seedling nurseries are being installed to promote the planting of coconut trees in the area. Dredging and reconstruction of the Sabana de la Mar port to allow for the arrival of a ferry with cars and buses from the Bavaro-Punta Cana area. The roads leading from Bavaro and Punta Cana to Sabana de la Mar need to also to be repaired. Repair of streets and roads in Las Terrenas, Sánchez, Nagua and Samana. Construction of public bathrooms in the tourist zones. Embellishing of the port and construction of a maritime terminal for yachts and tourism service boats. Construction of a building to house a branch of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. Repairs to Arroyo Barril port to facilitate arrival of cruise ships. (5 December 2000)