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1 September 2014
The president of the Association of Sustainable Development of Sosúa, Andres Pastoriza has said that there are still no definite plans about redesigning the beach.
Neither definite plans whether the souvenir shops should be moved, and if so, where to.
Pastoriza said that 'we are in contact with the authorities of tourism', including the tourism minister himself, Francisco Javier García.
Efforts are being made and many are working on it but there is still no definitive plan.
The president of the association said that although there has been some progress involving the development of plans, there are still some details to be discussed with the authorities.
That is what we are waiting for, but we are confident that it will happen soon.
31 August 2014
Thursday evening, August 28 real estate broker Juan Perdomo spoke in Kaffe restaurant in Puerto Plata.
He expressed, in the presence of the commander of the Tourist Police General Juan Carlos Torres Robiou and other notables, his concern about the ongoing crime and prostitution present in Sosúa and Cabarete.
He recalled that the first source of income is tourism and that the money Dominicans abroad send home is the second source of income for the Dominican Republic.
Therefore, it is important that tourists feel safe when visiting Sosúa and Cabarete.
Mr. Perdomo spoke to those present in his capacity as a board member of the Association for Sustainable Development of Sosúa (ADSSosúa).
He plead that safety should be improved and prostitution moved to another place, far away from the city center.
Prostitution attracts drug-related crime.
According to Mr. Perdomo, families need to be able to walk down the street safely both day and evening.
If crime and prostitution are not tackled, eventually the tourists stay away and the main source of income for Sosúa and Cabarete is in danger.
Source: Puerto Plata habla
30 August 2014
The sidewalk on the bridge of the Sosúa river was completely broken, so pedestrians were forced to use the motorway when crossing the bridge.
Footbridge over river Sosúa
That was dangerous because of the (motor) traffic.
At this bridge many accidents occurred, even some of them fatal.
Often there stood a soldier or policeman on guard with orders to insure pedestrians a safe passage.
Now mayor Ilana Neumann had ordered to build a walkway on both sides of the bridge, this to the great satisfaction of the inhabitants of Maranatha (municipality of Sosúa).
Now they can, without risking their lives, cross the bridge without danger.
29 August 2014
In early December of this year, it is supposed to be ready.
The new building for the primary school 'General Gregorio Luperón' located in Calle David Stern in El Batey, Sosúa.
It is now in an advanced stage.
There has been built a complete new school next to the existing school, complete with auditorium, classrooms, kitchen, dining room, activity room and staff room.
The idea is that from the beginning of December, the students receive a doubling in teaching hours.
At this time, the obsolete furniture has been replaced by new tables and chairs.
National school plan
The new furniture will give the students a better comfort so that they can participate more concentrated in education.
The students will also be offered a free breakfast and lunch from December.
Many students often come to school hungry because their parents are too poor to prepare them a breakfast.
Studies show again and again that hungry children appear to have less attention to the lessons.
So thanks to President Danilo Medina everything will turn out just fine in December.
28 August 2014
Thursday 11 September, the Environmental Film Festival starts in the auditorium of the Victoria Hotel (part of the Sosúa Bay complex).
The three-day film festival held in SosÚa and Puerto Plata is organized by the Fung Lode foundation and the foundation GFDD from the USA.
They provide lectures, workshops and social activities with filmmakers, producers and experts in the field of environment.
There are five focus areas: oceans, biodiversity, green economy, sustainable agriculture and climate change, with the aim to achieve an attitude change and a policy change in the field of environmental management.
The event opens with an inauguration of an exhibition in the auditorium of the Victoria Hotel.
Next two documentaries will be shown.
Namely the Dominican production 'Google Earth Tour' about the ocean and coasts of the Dominican Republic.
The second production is manufactured by American filmmakers under the title 'Gringo Trails'.
Both the exhibition and the documentaries are open to the public free of charge.
On Friday 12 and Saturday, September 13th, the festival then continues at various locations in Puerto Plata.
Sosúa River cleanup