Our goal is permanent protection against massive development for the coastal area beginning at Little Malibu and going past Domes by establishing a Natural Reserve.
A categorical failure by the system to allow for public notification and input is jeopardizing the precious resources that are the economic engine for Rincón. These areas have been continuously threatened by developments and will continue to be threatened if we don’t create a permanent solution. Over the years of grassroots efforts in conjunction with the leadership of President of the Cámara Carlos Vizcarrondo Irrizary have resulted in the landmark legislation Ley 2983 — la “Ley de la Reserva Marina Tres Palmas de Rincón.” This measure was an affirmation of the Comonwealth’s and the municipality of Rincón’s commitment to the environment.
Despite this progress, the Rincón coastline is being threatened by projects that are being granted variances to allow the construction of developments that are not within the character of the community.
It would be a tragedy after such a milestone for the community to suffer the harm of these projects which will not only negatively impact Rincón’s environment, but will also limit access to the beach for Rincoeños while taxing the already overburdened infrastructure of the municipality.
It is very concerning that there has been such a widespread and gross failure to allow public input, comment or notification in these cases. It is even more concerning to consider how many other projects have been passed in the same negligent and illegal manner. While the work at Reina Del Mar has been put on hold pending the hearing and investigation, the contractors for the Sandy Beach Apartments are already altering the coastline and quebrada while rapidly preparing to begin concrete work in the very near future. As a result, immediate intervention is required.