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Salinas sues over illegal construction in maritime-terrestrial zone; DNER joins filing

A view of the disputed construction in progress.

By The Star Staff

Salinas Karilyn Bonilla Colón said Thursday that the municipality filed a preliminary and permanent statutory injunction late last week to cease and demolish a building under construction in the terrestrial-maritime zone due to lack of permits.

The municipality submitted the lawsuit against Charlene Malavé, Jaime Malavé and Héctor Aquino López from the El Arenal neighborhood.

“As soon as we became aware of this illegality, the municipality informed [the aforementioned] citizens, imposing two fines, one for $18,000 and the other for $21,000,” Bonilla Colón said. “We have gone to the court, which has granted a public hearing scheduled for this Monday, August 15, 2022, in the Guayama Court at 3:00 p.m.”

The lawsuit calls for an immediate halt to the illegal construction and its complete demolition within 30 days.

The mayor noted that the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) has joined the lawsuit to participate as a technical entity in the case.

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