Only three tourist marinas are operating, while several projects are stuck in bureaucratic processes, opposition from environmentalists, and consequent difficulties of financing.
An article in Elfinancierocr.com reviews several stories of failed projects for the development of marinas designed to take advantage of the country's reputation as a destination for sea, beach, and fishing tourism.
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.
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.
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.
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