Beaches of Puerto Rico are sold to US billionaires…by Puerto Rican government traitors

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On Friday June 24, with only one “No” vote, the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico overwhelmingly approved PC 2853: a bill which transfers beaches in huge coastal areas – including Vieques, Culebra, Condado, Isla Verde, Isabela, Lajas, Cabo Rojo, Guánica and Rincón – into “private” ownership.

If this bill becomes law, all “private” beaches in these areas will be closed to the Puerto Rican public. But the DEEPEST significance of this bill, is that the politicians of Puerto Rico are knowingly…intentionally…doing the DIRTY WORK of the Financial Control Board, before they even arrive on the island.

The POLITICS of this bill are important to understand. Please note the following:

#1

It was introduced in the very last days of the legislative session. This allowed little time for public review, debate or amendment. Probably, many legislators did not even read it.

http://www.periodicolaperla.com/rumbo-al-senado-la-privatizacion-playas/

#2

The near-unanimity was striking: both parties approved it, with only one of the 51 representatives (José Luis Báez Rivera) voting against it. This is especially shocking, since it involves the controversial selling of public beaches…which should belong to everyone.

The sale of just one beach to a Marriott Hotel in Carolina, has met with years of fierce opposition.

http://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/locales/nota/ambientalistasproclamansolarplayerocomoreservanatural-2171982/

Yet here, the politicians transferred dozens of them in a great hurry…with no floor debate and a near-unanimous vote.

#3

The author of the bill, who also introduced it, was Angel Matos García…the PPD representative from CAROLINA.

Carolina is where Tito Kayak, Playas P’al Pueblo and hundreds of environmental activists have demonstrated against the Marriott Hotel take-over of their public beach…the Balneario de Carolina.…for over a decade.

http://elvocero.com/denuncian-representante-quiere-privatizar-playas-de-la-isla/

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/11/25/protests-grow-against-hotel-expansion-on-puerto-rican-beach/

http://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/locales/nota/ambientalistasproclamansolarplayerocomoreservanatural-2171982/

http://www.telemundopr.com/noticias/Alcalde-Traidor–350552511.html

http://www.primerahora.com/noticias/policia-tribunales/nota/pasquinestildanalalcaldedecarolinadetraidor-1124500/

They’re even calling the mayor of Carolina a “traitor,” and heckling him at all his speeches.

That is why Carolina, PR was specifically excluded from the beach give-away bill. By pre-arrangement, the PPD allowed Matos García to become a “local hero” in his district…by making sure that nine other beach areas got hit, but not his home district of CAROLINA.

By doing this, the PPD also avoided a confrontation with an entrenched and organized opponent (Tito Kayak and the activists of Carolina) which could discredit the entire PPD.

#4

The government buried the odor of their beach scam, beneath many layers of sugar-coated frosting.  

They trumpeted $470 million for “contributions to the pension system,” $80 million for “non-profit and cultural organizations,” $40 million for a cancer care center, $25 million for a medical center, and a $30 million supplement to the teacher’s retirement system. There was no mention of their “privatization” of Puerto Rico’s beaches.

http://www.periodicolaperla.com/senado-aprobara-nuevo-presupuesto-8985-millones/

https://aldia.microjuris.com/2016/05/24/proyectos-de-ley-del-ejecutivo-en-presentacion-de-presupuesto/

DOING THE DIRTY WORK of the FINANCIAL CONTROL BOARD

Aside from all of the following:

  • The sale of public beaches to US billionaires, in nine major coastal areas
  • The legislative end-of-session cover-up
  • The collaboration of both the PPD and PNP
  • The near-unanimous vote
  • The lack of public hearings or public input
  • The appearance of bribery behind the scenes

There is one thing even more disturbing than all of these: and that is, the entire government of Puerto Rico just did the Financial Control Board’s dirty work.

If the Financial Control Board stormed into Puerto Rico and did this – grabbed Puerto Rico’s beaches and handed them to US billionaires and their hotel chains – there would be demonstrations all over the island.

The whole world would see the naked colonialism of the US.

But in the midnight hour, very quietly, the government of Puerto Rico just did it for them.

Why would they do this?

What possible motive could they all have, for betraying the entire island?

A FEW POSSIBLE MOTIVES

Here are some possible motives.

  1. A U.S. billionaire named John Paulson owns the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, the San Juan Beach Hotel, the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, La Concha Rennaisance Hotel, a $500 million condominium complex on Dorado Beach, and a $250 million luxury condo development in Palmas del Mar. He has spent close to $2 billion in Puerto Rico, and he also owns 8.6% of Banco Popular
  2. Another U.S. billionaire named Nicholas Prouty built the largest marina in the Caribbean, Marina Puerto del Rey, at a cost of $450 million. He also spent another $108 million on Ciudadela, a luxury condo and shopping complex in Santurce.
  3. The 3,000 acre Roosevelt Roads complex will soon announce a “Master Developer” who will construct high-rise office buildings, a shopping center, shops, restaurants, a cruise port area, a marine terminal for speedboats, golf courses, and “multiple entertainment areas.”
  4. The Financial Control Board will soon designate many more “construction” and “Public Private Partnership” projects, all over the island.
  5. Acts 20 and 22, passed by this same Puerto Rico legislature, will bless all these real estate deals with 20-year tax exemptions on all dividend, interest, and capital gains income. On the island, a popular business pamphlet reads: “Sol, arena y cero impuestos…Sun, sand and zero taxes.”

PATRONAGE, NOT PRINCIPLES

Both the PNP and PPD have large party machineries (78 mayors & mayoralties!) They need heavy patronage sources, in order to survive as political parties.

Now that ELA has collapsed, they desperately need to find, and tap into, a new income stream.

These billion-dollar empires growing all over the island, will be the new source of contracts, consultant agreements, and jobs for their family and friends.

And so, the two parties got together, and did what corrupt politicians will always do.

They will sell the beaches of your island.

They will yank the sun and sea…give them to John Paulson…and make us all pay to see them , or feel them on our faces.

They will do it by a huge majority vote…both PPD and PNP…working together… showing their complete loyalty to the billionaires… while the FBI tells the rest of us to “remain calm” and “report any suspicious activity.”

The only suspicious activity that I can see, is the theft of Puerto Rico by its own “political leaders.”

Always remember this: the PPD and PNP are like Jaws…an eating machine…they run on patronage, not principles.

Not even beaches…or the wind, sand and stars… are sacred to them.

 

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93 Comments on “Beaches of Puerto Rico are sold to US billionaires…by Puerto Rican government traitors

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  5. And you sound like a f****** ignorant as to stop by man for brown people you sound very f****** stupid Samuel I think you should get in your f****** history books and learn a little bit more about the military because you sound like an ignorant fool

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  6. Samuel and honey I’m retired so let me tell you this I don’t have to iget up everyday like you do go to work to make less money because guess what I’ve done my time in the military so to me you might want to go back to the States so you can earn you some real money and stop complaining about your country and why it’s going down. You have your own Puerto Rico people complaining about their own country because they know it’s f***** up the mayor everything else Puerto Rico I love but America needs to take over it. Maybe we can clean up some lazy ass people like you and several others because you got a lot of them that’s lazy here. And I gotta be ignorant to tell the truth what I see so far is a bunch of lazy ass people I think you should put up or shut up because so far I have seen nobody done a damn thing around here but just talk

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  7. Janine Crenshaw, you are full of it my dear. Who do you think you are, to come here and criticize our culture? First of all, Americans have your heads so far up your a__, that you think voting will change anything! Lmao, it you think casting a vote will make a difference, you are part of the problem. Elections are a theater designed to create an illusion of freedom. The US. is not a democracy. It is an oligarchy.

    An oligarchy ruled by corporations, and the military industrial complex! Voting is a farce. It will change nothing.

    The only thing that will change America is a revolutionary boycott, so how dare you come here, and lecture us on how to solve our problem, when you don’t even have a grip on reality? The US is going to hell in a handbasket, and the American people along with it, and here you are lecturing us about the economic disaster you, the US has put us in! When you can truly say “We got rid of the federal reserve, and kicked the military industrial complex out of Washington, stop bombing the hell out of poor brown people, manipulating small states through geopolitical hegemony, and stop being Israel’s lackey, then you can come in here and run your ignorant mouth.

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  10. Janine…sorry for the late acknowledgement of your kind words.

    I say the things I do because it breaks my heart and soul that the corruption, collusion and complicity on the Island of my birth and early childhood has reached this HORRIFIC level of toxic and deadly infection that is undeniably killing the Island’s people.

    What has happened on the Island did NOT happen as the result of any of the useless plebiscites or the shabby and crooked tenure of any politician in the last century…drug-addicted or not.

    The Island is where it is today because not surprisingly, the filthy game of politics has silenced the voices of reason, common sense and a commitment to the common good of the Island’s population. This is nothing new. The world witnesses the excesses of power and the abuses that follow everyday, while the hapless populations suffer the consequences of their corrupt non-existent “leadership”.

    What makes me so angry is that the same idiot spokes-payasos CONTINUE with their predictable “baba politica” about “you did it”, “NO, YOU did it”…within the context of the undeniably lop-sided, one-sided “relationship” with the BIGGEST political machine on the planet…the US.

    There is no doubt that future will hold a “solution” to the “Puerto Rico Problem”, but I don’t know what it is and I have absolutely NO faith in the Insular leadership or in the vulgar assortment of loud-mouthed “spokes-clowns” and definitely NOT in any of the politically prostituted faux-intelligentsia on the Island or on the USMainland. My professional background is in the American academy and I have had a front-row seat for decades of the very ugly performances of the Pseudo-Rican spokes-putos in the US and they have as much credibility as a horny dog loose at a dog show.

    Thanks again…We will ALL get through this because I have faith that the Island’s population and all of those who have come to live on the Island from around the world will protect and promote the livelihood and survival of the Island and its culture and people….thanks.

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  11. Janine…sorry for the late acknowledgement of your kind words.

    I say the things I do because it breaks my heart and soul that the corruption, collusion and complicity on the Island of my birth and early childhood has reached this HORRIFIC level of toxic and deadly infection.

    What has happened on the Island did NOT happen as the result of any of the useless plebecites or the shabby and crooked tenure of any politician in the last century.

    The Island is where it is today because not surprisingly, the filthy game of politics has silenced the voices of reason, common sense and a commitment to the common good of the Island’s population. This is nothing new. The world witnesses the excesses of power and the abuses that follow everyday, while the hapless populations suffer the consequences of their corrupt non-existent “leadership”.

    What makes me so angry is that the same idiot spokes-payasos CONTINUE with their predictable “baba politica” about “you did it!”…”No, YOU did it” and this pointless “dialogue” has not brought us anywhere closer to a fair and just solution to a lop-sided, one-sided “relationship” with the BIGGEST political machine on the planet…the US.

    There is no doubt that future will hold a “solution” to the “Puerto Rico Problem”, but I don’t know what it is and I have absolutely NO faith in the Insular leadership or in the loud-mouthed “spokes-clowns” and definitely NOT in any of the politically prostituted faux-intelligentsia on the Island or on the USMainland. My professional background is in the American academy and I have had a front-row seat for decades of the very ugly performances of the Pseudo-Rican spokes-putos and they have as much credibility as a horny dog loose at a dog show.

    Thanks again…We will ALL get through this because I have faith that the Island’s population and all of those who have come to live on the Island from around the world will protect and promote the livelihood and survival of the Island and its culture and people….thanks…

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  12. Thus is crazy the beaches were always free for everyone. Why take them away from them making it only for the rich

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  15. I am not a Puerto Rican (pity). I am not an American. I am a Canadian who has fallen in love with your island, its people and it’s rich culture. I was first smitten in 1981, and I have been back many times since – the last being 2015.

    It saddens me seeing how desperate things have become for those who remain on the island. I am especially disgusted with the way the US government is dealing with this debt crisis, and how by using PROMESA they have signalled to the entire world how the interests of Wall Street vulture funds come before the people.

    In every sense of the word Puerto Ricans are being F****d. What a shame this should happen to a wonderful and proud people. It breaks my heart to think, I may never visit again due to the inevitable social and economic strife that is about to descend upon the island and its people.

    Thank you all for the great memories I will carry with me forever. You have a unique island, warm and friendly people, and a rich culture. Those things are worth preserving and protecting against the Republican hordes and their Wall Street parasites.

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  18. To Frederick Bourne As a 50 +
    year resident here I share your love for Puerto Rico and our people. Our lives have been almost exactly in parallel. I am deeply saddened by the loss of your Luz. My dear wife Besila is still here but in the last stages of Alzheimers.. We were lovers of the beaches and are shocked that they might take them away from us. If she could, she would be out there fighting in the legislature and the courts. Soon I’m afraid all we will have left are our beautiful memories. John Fritz Wood PS we knew each other at VM, didn’t we?

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  19. WE NEED TO START HITTING THE STREETS AND LETTING THEM KNOW WE NOT GOING TO JUST LIE DOWN—- BUT ASK MOST PEOPLE HERE AND THEY SAY NOTHING WILL CHANGE THE PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY SERIOUSLY I GOT GAY FAMILY WHO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN’T CHANGE ANYTHING ALTHOUGH THEY HAD A HUGE GATHERING IN SAN JUAN—I TOLD THEM SEE AT ONETIME THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED AND IT IS NOT JUST HER I HAVE SPOKEN TO MANY FRIENDS HERE AND THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME ATTITUDE I DON’T GET IT —–I UNDERSTAND THE ELDERLY THEY LIVED THRU THE TAKE DOWN OF THE NATIONALIST PARTY BUT PEOPLE MY AGE 53 AND YOUNGER THEY HAD IT MADE—-I GUESS THOSE ON THE ISLAND DON’T WANT TO BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS THEM —I CALL IT SLAVE MENTALITY—-BECAUSE SHIT THEY DON’T WANT TO GET INVOLVED I BEEN TRYING BUT IT IS FUCKEN HARD

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  20. So angry that a natural right of the Puerto Rican people has been betrayed. The beaches belong to all the people. There has never been problems between Puerto Ricans and tourists in the use of beaches. This is motivated by racism and elitism that has no place in people sharing natural resources. It is especially horrendous when indigenous people are denied access to natural resources of thier homeland. This privatization of beaches must not and cannot be allowed.

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  21. So I got to be ignorant because I’m telling the truth it always comes to this when people don’t like to hear the truth. What are you doing for Puerto Rico all you doing is talking a bunch of mess and comments on here. I bet you don’t even vote. Because I don’t see you doing a damn thing, but just smack your mouth. I’m a doer not a talker okay. So you want to save Puerto Rico do something about it because so far I haven’t heard your name know where you ain’t doing nothing and you ain’t nobody so put up or shut up that’s the way I look at it. You crying about y’all gotta save Puerto Rico so what are you doing what the hell are you doing not a damn thing ,but opening up your mouth and saying s*** that ain’t getting nowhere.like I said when America comes in and start budgeting Puerto Rico’s money it’s going to happen fast your going to see reality real quick. So stop bitching and complaining and just get on the train with everybody else honey, because you will have no choice in the matter lmafo. If you didn’t have that so laid-back relaxed attitude things been done way before then .Also you so worried about Puerto Rico being so much in debt you guys knew this decades ago they should have been doing something about it. So the way I look at it . if it’s something I really want. Guess what? I’m going to fight for it .I’m a retired Soldier honey and I’m going to tell you this. Whatever I want I fight to get it so apparently you guys don’t have that mentality to think like that to fight for what you want you to lay back and relax about it,you’re not going to get anything if you have that type of attitude so guess what. Puerto Rico needs to be taken away if you can’t handle it oh f****** well. Somebody is coming in to handling it for you. It’s just like a little kid if he can’t manage his money guess what the parents going to come and take over and that’s exactly what’s happening too you guys. The parents of the USA is coming to take over Puerto Rico for you to make sure you managing your money right and making sure it’s not going into other people’s pocket. Little by little we are taking over people buying up property like crazy people coming from the US are buying up your land because You guys are too stupid to see it because you too busy worrying about money in your hand that’s the root of all evil and you don’t realize that your land getting taken away slowly, but surely, but honey I ain’t going nowhere I’m staying in Puerto Rico cuz .I got a few properties here thank you.like I said Americans coming here and we are takin over have a and by the way I’m going to leave my ignorance here in Puerto Rico because half of you guys are pretty much that way anyway so.

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  22. You can put up or shut up and I got you people cuz honey you just as f****** minority as like I said I’m just waiting for the United States to take over so we can really have a nice Puerto Rico

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  23. Greg Oh my God preached to these people. I’m glad somebody telling them something because somebody need to wake them the f****** up. my brother for telling the truth. You put it in such good words

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  24. U2bflaco…your words are wise, well-chosen, well-measured and insightful. Thank you for not reducing the “dialogue” to any more frenetic banderita-waving, 4-letter spit-balls and harangues about “duh mang” or “el gringo” or “duh diaspora”.

    Puerto Rico’s current disastrous fiscal malaise and its concurrent political psychosis and schizophrenia is nothing more than the unavoidable end result of a century-old bait-and-switch, “a-pastel-in-every-pot”, “we-know-what-is-best-for-you-Brit’Nee-Consuelo-Mercedes-so-just-keep-shaking-your-maracas” political con-job.

    Since 1898, the prevailing land-rich shabby patricians or the grass-roots slimy vende-puto political class of the day decided immediately that they either join with Uncle Sam and cooperate with him or they would have no choice but to:

    1. Abandon their holdings on the Island and return to Spain (none fled to the Bronx, Miami or Tampa)
    2. Join the Generation of 1898 elite emigre class in Madrid, Barcelona, NYC or other European locations
    3. Go to join members of their land-rich and extended families in Cuba or the Dominican Republic.
    4. Foment doomed “uprisings” against an uber-armed, militaristic colonial, imperial invader, the results of which are STILL barely known to the world community today.

    The entire political ecology of these dismal elements will not be rectified or cured anytime soon. It will be a long, time-consuming process that will require EVEN MORE patience and diligence on the part of the Islands’ residents to completely wipe the political slate clean of the 10 decades of filth that has accumulated on it.

    There is no doubt that the long-standing rotten culture of corruption, personal self-interest and the swarm of ankle-biting, ass-kissing politicians at both ends of San Juan to Washington, DC political tug-of-war will be a lengthy, painful and sordid one. There is no magic unicorn flying over the Island carrying a savior sprinkling rainbows and gold-plated credit cards.

    After a century of living in a cave of complicity, corruption and putrid “caca”, it will take a long time to clean this mess up and the maggot-swarms on both sides is not going to stop feasting on the cadaver that is Puerto Rico today.

    In the meantime we ALL owe it to our Island home and brothers and sisters regardless of our current zip-code to keep the eyes and attention of the world on the oozing sore on the face of our beautiful and bedraggled island.

    Unlike many others here, I DO NOT purport to hold the keys to the kingdom of Puerto Rico’s salvation, but I do have faith that with the world watching, finer minds on BOTH sides of the political wall will prevail and Puerto Rico will for once in FIVE centuries be free to raise it’s head with dignity and will be free to fly as it has never soared before.

    But (again), I hold no hope that any remedy or resolution will come from our sold-out “academic” or “faux-intelligentsia” or the laughable “political” class that long ago sold itself out for free shiny things and vapid titles after their disgraced names.

    But be warned, when the tide begins to change and a new era of REAL change begins to occur on the Island AT THE BALLOT BOX, the “quitate tu para meterme yo” syndrome will immediately kick-in and you will see the same old spokes-payasos but in different clown-suits.

    Thanks again for your words…The discussion needs them!

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  25. Chupate E’ta you need to put up or shut up because all y’all is about f****** talk and you ain’t doing nothing talk talk talk do something about it that’s your problem because I see a hundred damn messages here y’all taling and pleading and begging but ain’t doing s*** about it and. I got your second class whatever you want to say you forget the United States got Puerto Rico for a reason and when they take over. like I said I’m going to be on the beach with my little f****** coconut drink watching y’all shit get taken away because y’all ain’t not doing s*** about it. The problem is you been on this island too long and too relax so you don’t do nothing about it guess what is going to be taken away and that ain’t the only thing going to be taken away American people are coming here buying up s*** like crazy so it will definitely be taking away. Americans are coming in here ans going to turn it Americanized real soon all the way. I predict by 2018 watch just because you guys not doing nothing about it

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  26. Omg I’m glad someone understand and seeing what’s going on thank you

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  27. PUERTORICO ERA UN PAIS DIFFERENTE EN LOS ANOS 70 PERO LA CULPA DE LO SUCEDIDO ACE TIEMPO LA TIENE UNA EL POR NO LEVANTARSE EN CONTRA DEL GOBIERNO Y POR LO QUE VEO TODAS SE ESTAN IMIGRANDO A LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS DEJANDO A TODOS LOS POLITICO SUCIOS SES DEL PARTIDO QUE SEA DEBEN DE ESTAR ENCACELADO POR ROBO Y SIGUN VAMOS LOS AMERICANOS SE QUE CON LA ISLA COMO ICIERON CON HAWAI PUEBLO NO SE MANEN EL DEO Y LUCHEN POR LA PATRIA POR SI ACA NO QUIEREN A LOS IMMIGRANTES ASI VAN ACER CON NOSOTROS NO SE DEJEN COMPRA POR UNA PLCHA DECIN OJO PUEBLO

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  28. Nah you are not wrong–I FIND THEM TO BE LAX-IN EVERYTHING —I BEEN LIVING HERE GOING ON FIVE YEARS AND WHEN THIS DEBIT THING HAPPEN IN PUERTO RICO—-I TRIED TO GET MY OWN FAMILY TO GET INVOLVED—THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IN P.R FOR YEARS–THEY HAVE THIS BELIEF THAT NOTHING CAN CHANGE IN P.R. SO THEY DON’T EVEN TRY–ONE IS EVEN GAY—NOW THEY HAVE GAY RIGHTS WHERE AT ONE TIME THEY COULD NOT ASSOCIATE IN PUBLIC DUE TO LATIN MACHISMO–NOW THEY CAN —BUT FOR SOME REASON THEY STILL BELIEVE NOTHING CAN CHANGE —-I CALL IT A SLAVE MENTALITY WON’T BUCK THE SYSTEM THAT FEEDS THEM—AND IT IS A SHAME

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  29. What can we do to stop these aholes…give ways to stop them…i want MY P.R. THE WAY IY IS ..FOR OUR. CHILDREN. .OUR FUTURE..

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  30. To do something like this you must not have a soul. This is beyond immoral.. Hedge Fund Vultures for shame..These politicians should have considered restructuring the debt, but that would have been to easy. I swear the love of money is the root of all EVIL. Hijo de Putas Desgraciados

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  31. GREED is often a cause for Evil and does not come from any particular race or group, whether it’s the Caribs killing, raping, and stealing from the Taino’s, white European Spaniards killing, raping, and stealing from the Boriquens, the US beating Spain in a war and taking Puerto Rico from them as a Territory of its own, or home grown Puerto Ricans in power stealing the lively hoods from their own people. Greed is Evil and I am always suspicious of the new crew who wants the power. It’s easy and effective to identify one source as the enemy causing everyone’s grief but, the Puerto Rican people overwhelmingly vote to stay part of the US as a territory and almost equally to become a state. Maybe the mainland is not the one source to everyone’s grief.

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  32. Janine Crenshawn!
    Thanks to your people in america, Puerto ricans have learned, adapted and put in to use, the american way of dealing with outsiders or foriegners just like you! You obviously have that obnoxious “Iam american kneel before me attitude”, that most of the world is pissed off about! So go back home like Maria said, and let your people know that we’re not scum that you can just step on! And the next time you re visiting another country, adapt to being a second class citizen, just the way you expect us to behave on your soil, and please leave your USA arrogance home!

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  33. Frederick…
    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt sentiment.
    It brought a tear to many of us reading it.
    Both you and your Luz Selenia were lucky to have shared such lovely memories.
    Many of us on and off the Island have similar memories of the beaches in Puerto Rico.
    I myself can still recall (as a 3 y/o) running naked in the surf on the beach near the Guajataca Tunnel in Quebradillas with the salt air stinging my eyes, where my Corsica-born grandfather would also take me for long rides on his Paso Fino horse along the violent shore a long, long time ago.
    You are not alone in your heartbreak over the disgraceful behavior of Puerto Rico’s corrupt and treacherous maggot-class.
    In time, this issue will be resolved a court room.
    I have no doubt.
    In the meantime, focus on your memories of your loving wife and the times you shared together.
    They will sustain you as no other memory can.
    NO ONE can ever take that away from you…NO ONE!
    People like you are the very ones that Islanders have always welcomed and embraced.
    Don’t stop loving the times and memories you have of us and our Island.
    We need all the positive regard and energy we can get in these dark, difficult and dismal times.
    Thank you again.
    You and Luz Selenia entered the thoughts of many people today with your message.

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  34. Puerto Ricans are loosing their heritage at the cost of Socialist money’s?

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  35. As long as corrupt politicians and opportunistic billionaires keep exploiting and running Puerto Rico, the people and the island will suffer the consequences. However, it is not up to people living outside the island to create change. People living abroad can create awareness. The change needs to come from within Puerto Rico. From a government that truly wants what is best for the island. From people who really want to prosper, not sit back and let the current system roll. Change needs to happen, if not, PR will be owned and controlled by outside forces.

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  36. This has to be bs. All puerto rican beaches are public and no one can privatized them.

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  37. Maria And my understanding why would you wanted to be a state where you got crooked as Governors and they can’t even pay back their freakin money billions of dollars that they’re putting in their pocket and you guys sitting here discussing about this now half of them Governors are Cricket not half all are crooked and you guys are sitting here discussing it because your billions dollars and death really yeah the United States needed to take over somebody need to come in here and budget their money you got people on the streets barely can live 11% tax you guys got the highest freaking tax here it just don’t make no sense why would you want to live in an environment like this right now when they can’t even manage money in Puerto Rico. If the money was managed right here in Puerto Rico trust me you guys would have a damn good life and you guys would have nothing to complain about. I had one Puerto Rican lady tell me yes everybody’s all about talk, but when it’s time to really comes down to do something nobody is about action. So what you going do to solve this problem you can’t do nothing it is what it is at the end of the day United States going to take over regardless what y’all talking about and I’m going to enjoy every bit of it in Puerto Rico.I’m going to be sitting there with my little coconut drink watching it on the beach. And you’re quick to tell somebody to go back to the United States but you fail to understand and learn your history we fought to get Puerto Rico so therefore this is part of the United States if you didn’t know so I don’t need to go back anyway have a great day

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  38. Hello I am not puerto rican but i wish to help..my reasons are simple my son attended college.. two months before his graduation he was in serious car accident.. the puerto rican community saved his life and gave the best in medical care .. in fact better that where he came from in new york ..so I am coming to puerto rico in July..I would like to help …preferably a single female parent… some one in hardship with housing, economic or similiar situation … please email me as i do not come here checking messages or forward my interest to someone you might know ..I may no be able to help everyone .. but i will answer each request… thank you Carl email: Orlandent@juno.com

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  39. Frederick Bourne and Luz Selenia Bultron de Bourne

    I was in Puerto Rico with the U.S. navy twice 1964-1969, 1983-1986. I married a Puerto Rican girl who I loved dearly for 49 years. She just went home to the Lord in February of this year. I loved the island and it’s people and still do. My wife and I used to love to walk along the beaches holding hands. We were free to walk on any and all beaches. I join with you in saying this is a disgrace! What were your congressmen/women thinking to allow private ownership of this wonderful resource? My wife was Borinquen to the max! I miss her dearly! And, I miss those fabulous walks along your beautiful shores! God bless Puerto Rico!!!

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  40. El entreguismo y rendicion atravez de legislacion colonial y sin base legal ante el derecho internacional y anti-democratico,se nutre de la acentuada y subjetiva division de las fuerzas anti-coloniales que insisten en abrogarse asi mismas sus derechos a disentir entre si,desenfocando su atencion a la necesidad de la lucha civica y guerrillera ante la ofensiva pro-colonial, y poder constituirse en una verdadera fuerza anti-colonial .Unidad para la salvacion nacional!

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  41. JANINE CRENSHAWN,

    IF PUERTO RICO AND ITS PEOPLE ARE SO LAZY, AS YOU DESCRIBE THEM TO BE!
    AND THE EXPERIENCEOF LIVING THERE SO UNPLEASANT FOR YOU.
    YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STAY, LEAVE!!!!!

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  42. This is how I feel right now: violated. After our infamous “financial situation” surfaced to the whole world, I have had the feeling that something bigger was hiding behind this scenario and that something like this could be suggested to be used as payment for the debt, but wao, I never imagined it was going to be in the scenario this soon!!! My fellow Puertorricans, why didn’t we do something to stop this debacle? How did we let ourself fall in this trap? Why didn’t we listened to the voices of those Patriots who live and died warning us about the agenda behind our new owners? To those who helped in one way or another for this debackle to take place, weren’t you aware that History has proven that Uncle Sam has always been a wolf dressed as a sheep? Did you think those so called investors were fools? Remember the law of the harvest: “whatever you saw is what you reap”. They threw you their “hook” and you fell for it (or you were as much ignorant as to think you were going to outsmart them). Now, the process of fleecing is starting and like sheep, we are going to be taken to the slaughter. Even though our future seems so screw, I’m a firm believer that if my people repent of their bad deeds and in humility we ask for God for mercy and forgiveness, I know that He is our only hope to help us get on our feet and to lead us into victory against those which have declared war to us. Please wake up and don’t let our enemies triumph. It’s time to define our status. It is obvious that the dream of a fare union with the USA as a Commonwealth it’s a big fat lie. Awake my people and as one, take courage to once an for all, define our status. For the well being of our Island, we cannot afford keep being a colony of the USA any longer.

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  43. I really think the u.s. need to come in here and clean this place up because I’ve been here a year and Puerto Rico and I think Puerto Ricans are the most laziest people they don’t believe in customer service they just don’t care and when you have a don’t care attitude guess what everybody else don’t care so this is my opinion I really think that us needs to come and clean this place up and manage the money because there’s a lot of corruption going on around here

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  44. Almost makes one root for what Castro did in Cuba, don’t it? Cabo Rojo is what hurts the most, my family is from that area.

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  45. What can the public do…the mainland Boricuas…or is it too late?

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  46. The people of Puerto Rico are the ones to decide whether or not privatize the beaches, if so, by referendum.

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  47. Almost makes one root for what Fidel Castro did in Cuba, don’t it? I wonder how long it’ll be before PR has its own version of ol’ Fidel due to this.

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  48. Just like the American Indians taking off the land and the government gave it back to them that’s the same way Puerto Rico give it back to the Indians who inhabited the island and return all the money that was taken from them that Spain took in gold

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  49. This is so sad and sickening I don’t even know what to say. We’ve been enslaved for too long. Despierta Boricua.

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  50. No lo puedo creer, que cachos de mamaos somos como gente como pueblo

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  51. Y, además de quejarnos, que vamos a hacer para hacer valer nuestros derechos?

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  52. This will continue happenning until we kick them all out!!

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  53. The people rule. They can remove those politicians from office and elect new reps, to put the old politicians in jail, then to rescind the sale of those beaches due to the sneaky manner in which it was done, the whole contract was in bad faith and not valid.

    Better yet, wait until they develop the land and then use eminent domain to take it back from the hotel owners and developers.

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  54. Any country or island that cannot govern its self will be govern, and the out come is always the same death to its people . we are victims of our desire to live someone else dream, the american dream was never a puerto rican dream, I’m sure the people of puerto rico had their own dreams, what is becoming clear in the past months that the americans do not care about this island we love and must fight for her freedom or she will be taken from us, my mother sent mangos grown on the island and when i bit into this mango i tasted how sweet and pure our island can be, i was born in new york city i don’t know what the people in puerto rico had to live under, my farther Victor Guevara and my mother Esterbanir Cruz left Puerto Rico when they were young to work and live in New York but what the Puerto Ricans had to endure was not the American dream but a nightmare, the history of men in power is to stay i n power at all coast, we have seen how the jewish people were murderd in Germany this is how governments who are drunk with power treat people. they will destroy our island if all we do is talk, we the people must find a way to unit and take back our island that was taken from us many years ago, but in order to do this we the people must look at the part we played and not just point the finger at a broken government that calls its self democratic
    freedom is not free in the history of all civilization all of them had to fight for their freedom and the price is alway blood so don’t think for a second that we are exempt, the choice it clear fight for freedom or continue to be a slave under a false image democracy

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  55. I’m not if favor of the selling of Public Beaches to private enterprise, but maybe they will at the very least organize to pick up the empty Medella cans.

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  56. Oh no, they can’t let this happen! The USA already looks at Puerto Rico, and Puerto Ricans, as lazy, living off the government trash, as it is…when in fact if you have lived in Puerto Rico, you know that most are college graduates, doctors, etc and are people who want to succeed…. if this happens soon Puerto Rico will be sold in parts and pieces and we will not have anything to call our own. Enough is enough. We Puerto Ricans have not gotten respect in over 100 years. The time is now to speak up. Regardless if the U.S. keeps saying No. No. No. This is ridiculous.

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  57. lo mas importante es que Solo 1 legislador votó en contra de privatizar las playas. Fue BAEZ todos, todos ,todos los demas se vendieton a grandes intereses.

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  58. We need independence with capitalism and free market like Singapore so we can encourage Puerto Rican companies to reignite our private sector as we have the potential to become the Singapore or Israel of the Americas

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  59. “The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.” (from the 1852 letter from Chief Seattle to the U.S. President, on the occasion of the “sale” of lands in the Washington State area. // We can say that no beach belongs to anyone, and that everyone – Portorricans, Americans, and any other foreigner – belong to beaches… It’s a real messup what that senat is doing? …as if there were secret conflict of interests of unspeakable nature… We must stand up together and fight this to the very end! It’s a bill, but not yet a law, and we can take this up to court, the Supreme Court of PR. It’s legislative malpractice not to bring this to the knowledge of constituents!!! All should be impeached!

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  60. All this is being done very quickly, so the Puerto Ricans have not time to react!! No time to question if this is good for our island!
    All pre meditative.
    No time to realize what is happening!
    The middle class is being squeeze out and the poor are struggling. Puerto Ricans are leaving the island to live in hotels in Florida, hoping to find jobs. Many are not going to make it and will come back to an uncertain future!
    While the rich are filling their pockets and getting free rides.
    How much more money does John Paulson need and his buddies at the expense of our children’s education, elderly, Hospitals closing, etc.
    These politicians should all be line up against a wall and shot!!!

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  61. As the ugly, ugly, ugly and irrefutable stories of Puerto Rico’s century-old economic rape, cosmic battering and internal betrayal come to light and the names of “las familias mas finas” y “los politicos mas dedicados” appear again and again in the media of today, the skies over Fortaleza grow darker and darker even at mid-day.

    However, those same families and soiled political “dynasties” appear today in contexts VASTLY different from the ones of the past.

    You remember…the headlines under which these “notables” posed for the local and USMainland news-cameras grinning at the opening of yet another poorly-planned strip-mall without sufficient parking while making YET again making room for more McDonalds, Pizza Huts and Burger Kings, one factor remains consistent…they all fattened their wallets as they stole the future prospects of their brothers and sisters that dried-up faster than a puddle in a desert.

    The rich got richer and the poor got poorer or the latter just jumped on an airplane to JFK, MIA, EWR, BOS, ORD, LAX or HOU for new lives with at least a chance to seek a future that they could even dream about on the Island.

    The lines that once separated the most corrupt, immoral and indefensible of Island politicians, on BOTH sides of the political aisle, often with the help of the USMainland-born-and/or-raised “vende-putos-generic-La-Tinos” slithering in their token appointments and “elected” positions from ghettoes of NYC to the housing projects of Houston to the “caserios” of Miami to the Taco Bell “barrios” of CA) have become as blurred as the lines drawn by developers scratching NEWER lines on the once public Island beaches.

    But one thing is even clearer today…the working-class, the middle-class, the under-employed, the out-sourced, the down-sized, the pink-slipped, the denied access to health care and education have lost even more of the fragile toe-hold they once held on the “American Dream” in Puerto Rico…they lost the “boricua unity” that they apparently NEVER had, but were told they did, if they just waved those “banderitas” more hysterically and bought more Goya Beans.

    Yes…the last chapters of Puerto Rico’s fall from dusty, archaic Euro-Caribbean outpost of the 1890s to American Love-Boat parking lot of today have yet to be written, but if the last 10 decades are any indication, the Titanic has a better chance of rising to the surface in the Bermuda Triangle than Puerto Rico does of ever gaining its Independence or become a fully bonafide American state.
    Even a dog kicked and kicked and kicked learns at some point that his “master” is not to be trusted. Puerto Rico obviously has not awakened from its canine coma.

    Politicians on the Island since the 1898 have been sleeping with the devil and selling their own daughters to him and NO ONE should be surprised that their spawn is so hideous and hollow.

    Let’s all do all we can do to make the Island’s plight known to the planet…There is NO other way, that its deplorable condition will be resolved otherwise. Uncle Sam is NEVER going to tell his Island concubine her chains are too rusty or too tight…never!

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  62. Puertorican government is for sale! This is about politics and money to cover their sorry asses for bringing fiscal irresposibility to the people of the island. Shame on them!

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  63. Dont blame the politicians, we let them do that………this is our land, and the worst thing is that at the end Puerto Rico will still in debts……….

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  64. The previous bill of PROMESA included the transfer of 1300 acres of land in Vieques to the PR government and with the pressure and media coverage we were able to eliminate the language from the new bill. Now these sneaky legislation got away with it anyway. On another note, Act 20 & 22 was not approved by this administration, but Fortuno. They are all a bunch of scumbanks

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  65. Puerto Rico owes money period no way around it you must pay back what you owe !! those Beaches will continue to represent Puerto Rico only you will have more Hotel resorts and fun.

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  66. I find this to be implausible as all beaches are public under Federal law….they can’t sell the beaches….wait for the lawsuits…

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  67. I SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE AND ALL I HEAR IS THAT NOTHING CAN CHANGE SOME DON’T EVEN VOTE THAT I CAN UNDERSTAND SINCE THIS YEAR THE ELECTION ARE A SCAM BUT TO BELIEVE RIGHT OUT THAT NOTHING CAN CHANGE WITHOUT EVEN TRYING IS A SHAME. I DON’T UNDERSTAND. I WENT TO THE MEETING ON THE 25 SAT,2016 AT THE ROBERTO CLEMENTE COLISUEM IT WAS FULL BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PACKED.I NEED SOME ONE TO EXPLAIN TO ME WHY OUR PEOPLE FEEL THAT NOTHING CAN CHANGE. I CAN UNDERSTAND OUR ELDERLY WHO LIVED THRU THE AMERICAN AND MUNIZ TERRORISM OF THE NATIONALIST AND THE ZOOT WARS AGAINST THE NAVY BUT MY GENERATION AND ON–I AM 54– HAVE HAD IT PRETTY GOOD WELL EDUCATED AND ALL TO BE NUMBED INTO DOING NOTHING

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  68. There has to be a massive protest! This is the time when you decide to be a grown up!!!

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  69. That’s Why Puerto Rico needs its freedom and become a strong country it could do it with its beautiful flag no more states enough.A beautiful country and it’s has its right to represent itself.

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  70. When when are the PR’s going to take over our Island when grow heart lot of mouth but no heart.

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  71. That’s why Puerto Rico needs it freedom and become a strong country not letting other lands rule over them.A beautiful country it is and it could do it stand on it feet and fight for their freedom with it’s beautiful flag.

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  72. How can they (The Government do this to our people in our own ISLAND) There has to be more than they are Taking about. This is an outrage. Our ppl won’t let this happen just like that, like if they don’t have something to say, this is THEIR LAND, SPACE, where they live work, have their children and were they were BORN!!

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  73. This sale in the senate happened the same day as a protest against the fiscal control board.
    Regarding Culebra, the law is not Constitional if there is no endorsement from Culebra’s Authority of Conservation and Development for the island.

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