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    Senior Member lizzardo's Avatar
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    Just want to highlight this part of the article:

    The Minister disposed of the proposition of Tierra del Sol director Bas van den Nieuwenhuijzen in this newspaper that the government ‘would have no other choice’ than to facilitate the construction of this hotel with additional terrain and a change of zoning plan, as a ‘publicity stunt’ to force negotiations with the government again on agreements that had expired in the meantime.

    So TDS is dead. This other project needs permission. I don't think
    they have much of a chance....

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    I have my first visit to Aruba booked for this August, but it sounds like I may be just in time to enjy it before it's ruined. Anyone who has ever been to Spain's Costa del Sol will tell you what a nightmare endless high rise mega hotels are.....And lots of timeshare aparthotels just add to the burden. Huge crowds all after limited resources.

    At the other end of the scale are places like Barbados, where the costs of a holiday put it beyond most .....You just can't have it both ways.....if you try you end up pleasing nobody, asd angering everybody.

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    Request for five-star hotel at Arashi probably granted
    24 Maart, 2010, 08:25 (GMT -04:00)
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_70346.php

    ORANJESTAD — The option request for a terrain of more than 13,000 square meters at Arashi for the construction of a five-star boutique hotel will probably be granted. Minister of Infrastructure, Environment and Integration, Benny Sevinger (AVP) announced this during a press conference last Monday.

    However, the Minister has not viewed the option request to the Department Infrastructure and Planning (DIP) yet. Nevertheless, by order of the Minister last week, the request had been distributed to parliamentarians during the public States-meeting on granting terrains to hotels and condominiums. In this, the Minister answered the question of AVP State-member Juan David Yrausquin whether there were any other developments besides the wish of Tierra del Sol to construct a five-star hotel at Arashi. Based on that document, the Amigoe also reported last week on the option request of the Spanish project developer Venancio Gonzales Gonzales, residing in Venezuela. In October 2009, his company Kuai-Mare Development & Projects had purchased a freehold terrain of 5000 square meters between the Arashi-beach and the lighthouse, from four groups of heirs, amongst whom the Laclé and Fowler families for the amount of 4.6 million florins.

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    According to lawyer Capi Hesi, who represents Gonzales, Kuai-Mare wants to use the extra requested long lease terrain as green belt and facilities such as tennis courts. “If DIP thinks this is too large a parcel, then we are prepared to accept up to 4000 square meters less, which is the minimum required for the hotel design.” Hese states he already has a bank-guarantee at his disposal. “We have already complied with most of the requirements for this option. My client proved to be a very serious candidate by already investing 4.7 million in the project and is even prepared to raise the road and the traffic circle between the beach and the lighthouse at his own expense.”

    Generally speaking, a so-called five-star hotel (although, within the hotel sector, one has been debating on the exact implication of this classification since a year and a day) is managed by a reputable chain, such as The Four Seasons, St. Regis, Raffles or Ritz-Carlton. However, Venancio Gonzales Gonzales wants to control and manage this hotel himself. “He has the expertise and staff to realize this. He currently has a hotel in Venezuela and recently sold a hotel in Switzerland.”

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    I'm taking the approach to all these amigoe articles as 'wait until it's a done deal'.
    They seem to write an article and then write another one that contradicts what they just reported....

    It's like being on a see-saw!

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    ‘Kuai-Mare may not construct hotel at Arashi’

    See - now they are saying something else

    ‘Kuai-Mare may not construct hotel at Arashi’
    25 Maart, 2010, 08:15 (GMT -04:00)

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    ORANJESTAD — The Minister of Infrastructure, Environment and Integration, Benny Sevinger (AVP) will not accede to the option request from project developer Kuai-Mare Developments for an additional parcel in Arashi.
    “I only learned of the option request upon receipt of the question from State-member Juan Yrausquin (AVP). Officially, I only received and viewed the request yesterday”, Sevinger explains before the Amigoe. “The project developer will not acquire the terrain, nor will he receive a permit for the construction of the hotel.”
    According to the Minister, the Spanish project developer Venancio Gonzales Gonzales wants to build his five-star hotel on a nature reserve. The Minister wants to repurchase or exchange the 5000 square meter terrain which Gonzales had purchased from the heirs of four families for 4.7 million florins in October last year. “These people do not have to loose their made investments”, he stated during the continuance of the public States-meeting last Wednesday on the granting of terrains to hotels and condominiums. The Minister’s statement contradicts a previous statement to the press, in which the Minister indicated he would ‘possibly’ comply with the request.
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    During the public States-meeting, Sevinger stated that researchers of the Scientific Research- and Documentation Centre (WODC) from the Netherlands would target on the policy of former minister of Infrastructure, Social Affairs and Education, Marisol Lopez-Tromp (MEP) with regard to the granting of the terrain. Sevinger jokingly called Lopez-Tromp ‘minister of real estate’, as she supposedly granted terrains against payment to line her campaign chest during her term as minister. During an animated argument, Sevinger mentioned other pending hotel projects that were not entirely according to the rules – in his opinion. For instance, he dwelled upon the condominium project of Natura Development at Palm Beach.
    Project developer Basiruti of Morris Neme, whom AVP had appointed during the last electoral period, supposedly used one of the wealthy financial backers of the political campaign of Lopez-Tromp as front man to acquire the terrain. “If one reviews other projects, you will certainly observe other similar situations”, says Sevinger.
    Minister of Tourism, Labor and Transport, Otmar Oduber (AVP) also took the floor. He finds it outrageous that the former minister had been able to grant terrains for hotels and condominiums without consulting with her colleague-minister of Tourism. According to him, the policy of the former minister implies another 3100 rooms will be constructed on granted public terrain. The granted private terrains have not been included.
    States-member Marisol Lopez-Tromp holds on to the compliance of the legal procedures. The large projects had been granted with the approval of the Council of Ministers. In addition, the number of projects actually to be realized is somewhat lower than currently conjured by the government, according to her.

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