The approval of 71 of the 73 articles of the Coastal Law being discussed in Parliament would leave the granting of concessions for tourism development, service delivery, recreational uses and beach use regulations in the hands of local and regional governments.
Journalist Ramon H. Potosme wrote in Elnuevodiario.com.ni: "On the other hand, a National Commission for Development of the Coastal zones, CDZC, which will be a coordinating body between the different state institutions that have a bearing on the beaches, such as the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies, INET, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, MARENA, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, MTI, and the Institute of Tourism, INTUR would be created. It also includes coordination with the Higher Council of Private Enterprise COSEP. The registry of concessions will be done in the mayoralties and regional governments, in the case of the Caribbean coast, but the municipal and regional authorities concerned will have to submit a an annual registry of the concessions granted to the CDZC."
The Act provides a 50 meter area for public use beginning at the high tide zone and it guarantees respect for acquired private property.
Although it does not repeal Article Two of the Agrarian Law, which private enterprise has called confiscatory, it does establish the autonomy of the Coastal Zone Law in Article 63 and legally acquired private property is respected in this manner.
The Law of Coastal Zones that will regulate the use and access to the coasts of seas, rivers, and lakes would be enacted before Easter Week.
The President of the Commission of Population, Development and Municipalities and Deputy Augustine Jarquín Anaya, informed Elnuevodiario.com.ni: "At the maximum of two months out, it should be approved at the plenary, because it is estimated that it is a law that enjoys consensus after years of public and private consultation with different sectors, plus some coastal native communities."
The domestic business sector demanded that this bill have the support of all the sectors involved.
Entrepreneurs argue that if the law—which establishes that vacant lots located within two kilometers of the coastline and 800 meters from lakes and ponds become property of the state—comes into effect, it would generate uncertainty among tourism investors.
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