Municipality Orders Halt to Building on Park Site in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Tamarindo, Guanacaste: Today, Monday, April 10, the Municipal Council of Santa Cruz in the northern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste ordered a 22-day halt to the construction of a restaurant and cafeteria in the popular tourist beach town of Tamarindo.

The construction of the new business came under the spotlight by local residents last month when they started building on a site the municipality had voted last year to set aside for the creation of a community park, said the Tamarindo Chamber of Tourism last month.

Design plans for the planned Pico Pequeño Park were created with the aid of university students and local businesses in cooperation with the municipality.

The area set aside for the Pico Pequeño Park is located in the Maritime Zone along Playa Tamarindo, an area of restricted use for development.

The municipality recommended that residents, who presented hundreds of signatures last month in a petition against the development on the land, file for an injunction in court, and request a ruling to cancel  the restaurant building.

The park aims to provide safe and healthy recreation options for local visitors and visitors alike, said the municipality,

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