Regulations for developing marinas in Costa Rica tightened

Congress is reviewing a plan that will prohibit the installation of marinas where their are coral eco-systems and that will regulate the tourist piers in lakes and rivers.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The iniciative, which will reform the Law of Marina Concessions and Tourist Piers which has been in force since 1998, will increase the authority of regulatory organizations.
According to the text of the project, the Inter-Institutional Commission on Marinas and Tourist Piers (Cimat) will be responsible to approve plans for the construction of marinas.
With out this approval, developers will not be able to carry out the projects, even though they may have a permit granted by the local municipalitity

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Marine Law Reform in Costa Rica

June 2011

The National Assembly has approved amendments to Law 7744, extending concessions to 35 years and reducing the associated red tape.

The new law, which has been in discussion in Congress for more than three years, reduces procedures for concessions to 12 months.

The director of the Inter-institutional Commission on Marinas and Wharves, Oscar Villalobos, said the environmental assessment conducted by the Environmental Technical Secretariat (SETENA) is essential to get a marina concession.

Tourism: Few Marinas Functioning in Costa Rica

September 2013

Only three tourist marinas are operating, while several projects are stuck in bureaucratic processes, opposition from environmentalists, and consequent difficulties of financing.  

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Law on Marinas rejected in Costa Rica

October 2008

The Constitutional Court put a stop to reforms that lawmakers approved for the Law of Concessions for Marinas and Tourist Docks.

Magistrates of the Court reviewed the project that was approved by Congress on 9 September and ruled that it lacks substance and needs to be corrected.

Stagnant Marinas

January 2012

The marine industry is immersed in a crisis caused by uncertainty about the recovery in demand for docks and related services.

In 2007, before the crisis in the United States, Costa Rica had 21 projects in the pipeline for the construction of marine tourism, of which today only three remain in operation while the development of another has been suspended due to lack of funding.

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