22 December 2014
According to Wolfgang, co-owner of the Schnitzel Paradise restaurant located in the main street Pedro Clisante now almost all entrepreneurs are extremely happy with the partially closed main street in the evening.
According to Wolfgang it is safer on the street as pickpockets are less likely to rob you and then flee on the back of a motorbike.
Without the cars the street is more open so that drug sellers have fewer opportunities to sell their wares.
Furthermore, you do not have to worry about being run over by a crazy motoconcho.
The restaurants can now set their tables in the street which makes it cozier and more attractive.
Guests no longer have to sit in the exhaust fumes of passing by bikes and cars.
Calle Pedro Clisante
Calle Pedro Clisante
According to Wolfgang even the owners of several bars including Bar Central and Schlemmer Stube Restaurant Bar are satisfied now.
In the beginning they were afraid of lost sales because their loyal customers could no longer park their car in front of the bar.
On the contrary, the bars have now even more clientele.
So there is now a widespread satisfaction with the closure of the Pedro Clisante.
Wolfgang finally told us that he had heard that the municipal government plans to beautify the street drastically.
There would be more beautiful lighting, tiling and green.
The Bar Latino and El Toro Bar have to open again and Sosúa's nightlife is better than ever.
21 December 2014
Young people in the province of Puerto Plata, Sosúa included, have found a new source of income.
They started to collect used plastic bottles and then bring them to the recycler 'Recicladora del Cibao SRL' in Santiago where they get paid for it.
Some of the young people are said to earn 2000 pesos or more every week.
The recycled plastic bottles are packed in bales and then shipped to a processing plant abroad.
But the company wants to perform the recycling itself and has hired a Chinese company to set up a processing plant.
The Environment Minister is very pleased about this initiative and said that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Recicladora del Cibao
The Dominican Republic suffers a lot from the environmental damage caused by the huge heaps of garbage that are produced every day.
The garbage disposal at the landfills can not adequately handle these waste streams.
So recycling of paper, metal and plastic will not only generate additional employment, but also reduce the environmental pollution.
20 December 2014
Taxi drivers, also those from Sosúa, have on December 11 in Puerto Plata received an English course.
The course consists of a CD and a textbook with 10 detailed lessons.
English course for taxi drivers
The course was presented by Sixto Peralta, President of the Chamber of Commerce to about 600 drivers present.
Besides drivers of taxi companies from Sosúa, there were drivers from all the surrounding villages present.
The purpose of this language course is to increase the service to the foreign tourist with basic knowledge of the English language.
The presentation of the courses took place in the presence of senators, mayors and directors of the taxi companies.
19 December 2014
If you haven't renewed your Dominican identity card (Cédula) yet, hurry up.
The Central Election Commission (JCE) pointed out that the old cédula from January 10 will no longer be valid and cannot be used privately or officially after this date.
However, you can still renew your old cédula for a new more advanced ID card after January 10.
For a free renewal of you ID, foreigners have to go to Santo Domingo, Dominicans however can renew their ID in Sosúa, Puerto Plata or Santiago.
Junta Central Electoral
18 December 2014
Rumba Bar Sosúa
A few days ago the editors of Sosúa-News grumbled about the meager Christmas decorations in Sosúa.
Now they have to admit they are wrong.
At the Rumba Bar they finally placed the very large Santa together with some other air-filled Christmas decorations.
Also at restaurant Bologna, the garden of Hotel Voramar and the restaurant of Don Andres are decorated with beautiful Santa and Christmas decorations.
The most beautiful dressed up Christmas tree can be found at the entrance of the Seahorse Ranch.
But Infiniti Blue restaurant and restaurant Parada Típica El Choco are also decorated with many fairy lights.
So it appears that even Sosúa is ready to spend the holidays colorfully and festively illuminated.