PIP files complaint with DNER against La Guancha developers
By John McPhaul
Dr. Ángel Comas Nazario, the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) president in Ponce, announced on Monday the filing of a lawsuit with the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) against the Serrallés Succession and Property Concepts Business for alleged environmental damage.
“Given the usual practice of private developers of affecting the country’s ecosystems for their own profit and, after having received information on the indiscriminate felling of mangroves, trees and removal of topsoil at a property located at the entrance to La Guancha Recreational and Cultural Complex, part of a wetland and mangrove area protected by law, the Puerto Rican Independence Party in Ponce has filed a complaint for environmental damage at the DNER against the Serrallés Succession, owners of the land in question and against Commercial Property Concepts, real estate brokers that have the contract to market and sell the property,” Comas Nazario said in a written statement.
“As citizens, we cannot ignore the big economic interests in their efforts to destroy our natural resources with the simple purpose of satisfying their wishes,” Comas Nazario said.
“The Puerto Rican Independence Party is not against economic development, but we are against the destruction of our natural resources under the guise of economic development,” he continued. “For these reasons, we will be introducing a bill by citizen petition to the Municipal Legislature to support SB [Senate Bill] 43, submitted by our Senator, María de Lourdes Santiago, and House Bill 116, known as the ‘Construction in the Coastal Zone Moratorium Law,’ which seek to establish a construction moratorium in the coastal zone and stop environmental crimes, not only in Ponce, but throughout the island.”