The San Juan Daily Star
Vieques Sun Bay resort to be turned over to municipality July 1
By The Star Staff
The New Progressive Party minority leader in the island House of Representatives, Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Nuñez, met with Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) Secretary Anaís Rodríguez Vega and Vieques Mayor José “Junito” Corcino to outline the final details of the transfer of the Sun Bay resort to the municipal administration.
“After completing all the procedures, the Municipality is ready to receive the transfer of the administration of the Sun Bay resort in Vieques,” said Méndez Nuñez, who rep-resents House District 36 (RÍo Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo, Ceiba, Vieques and Culebra). “After holding a meeting with the DNER secretary, we can report that the transfer of the administration of Sun Bay will be officially finalized on July 1.”
The transfer of the administration of the spa was an-nounced last November. The municipality will manage the facility for a period of 15 years.
According to the management agree-ments, the municipality will be in charge of all administrative operations, including the maintenance of the spa. It will also have ju-risdiction over the parking area, campgrounds and any other facilities located on the premises. “The full development of Vieques has been one of our priorities and that is why we always evaluate alternatives that promote that goal. We believe that the current municipal administration of Vieques can implement a plan to promote many social and economic projects -- such as microenterprises in the area of the Sun Bay resort, one of the most precious attractions on all the coasts of Puerto Rico, which is a reason for attracting local and international tourism,” the former House speaker said.
Corcino stressed that the offshore island municipality will recruit two duly certified lifeguards ‘to provide surveil-lance in the spa area.”
“We are evaluating the feasibility of acquiring two beach chairs, those vehicles with yellow tires, which are used to take people with special needs to the sea in order to provide more opportunities for our residents and visitors to enjoy the beauties of the Sun Bay resort,” the mayor said, adding that he will keep the DNER offices at the spa open.