One of the richest families in Puerto Rico just received 34,500 acres of public land…WHY?

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The Serallés family is one of the richest in Puerto Rico. They own Don Q Rum, a rum distillery, thousands of acres, private beaches, and a Hilton Hotel.

At one point they owned slaves.

Their family mansion is famous…in fact, it is now a museum.

Nearly a century ago, workers lived a hundred yards from the mansion.

Their children watched the white castle that would someday end their childhood…and own them.

Now, a century later, Gov. Garcia Padilla placed 34,500 acres of public land into the hands of the Serallés family.

In addition to planting sugar cane, the Serallés clan will use Acts 20 and 27 to avoid paying any interest, dividend, or capital gains taxes for the next twenty years, on the profits derived from this land.

ONE RICH CAMPAIGN DONOR…VERSUS 69 POOR FAMILIES

Instead of this gift to a millionaire campaign donor, 69 families could all have received a 500-acre farm.

69 families would have become self-sustaining, productive, and generated a cash flow throughout Ponce.

But instead, Gov. Garcia Padilla placed all 34,500 acres under the dominion and control of one rich family – with Roberto J. Serrallés, the Vice President of Economic Development for the Serallés rum distillery, as the executive in charge.

The governor called this a “rebirth of the sugar industry in Puerto Rico.”

Others are calling it a last-minute payoff…

A settling of accounts…

Before the Financial Control Board arrives from Washington, and freezes every account on the island.

THE RICH GET RICHER

The Serallés family produces Don Q rum, plus 80 other product lines.

They sell 60% of the rum consumed in Puerto Rico, and their yearly revenue exceeds $100 million.

In the year 2000, they purchased the Ponce Hilton & Casino.

Obviously, the Serallés family does not need the 34,500 acres. But they do know business…and they obviously know the governor.

If the minimum wage drops to $4.25 for young people …and older people cannot cut cane… then 34,500 acres will be a rich business indeed.

Just filled with indentured servants.

It will be a return to glory for one rich family, and a new form of slavery in Puerto Rico.

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN

“There’s something rotten in Denmark,” said Marcellus, in the opening act of Hamlet. And something is rotten in this deal.

The Serallés are not Anuady Hernandez. They are “old money” in Puerto Rico.

They have good lawyers.

But in the last days of a wounded governor…

Leaving with el rabo entre las patas…,

This 11th hour land grab of 34,500 acres does not look like the “rebirth of the sugar industry in Puerto Rico.”

It looks like the Clintons in 2000who took $190,000 worth of china, flatware, rugs, televisions, and sofas with them, when they left the White House.

This is so rotten, that tomorrow we will report more…MUCH MORE…on this 34,500 acre felony.

HINT: It involves this, on pages 19-22.

 

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25 Comments on “One of the richest families in Puerto Rico just received 34,500 acres of public land…WHY?

  1. @lifesaworkout

    Yes i drink rum, like many millions. DonQ Oro añejo, the worlds best, in my case. Your argument is irrelevant. This is missing the point, by a wide margin. Your production increase equals consumption increase and hence more alcoholics argument is childish.

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  2. Yes i drink rum, like many millions. DonQ Oro añejo, the worlds best, in my case. Your argument is irrelevant. This is missing the point, by a wide margin.

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  3. Excelentes comentarios todos. Creo que simplemente el Gob. Garcia Padilla está asegurando un posible empleo con las Empresas Serralles para cuando quede desempleado al final del cuatrrenio …. Ya verermos …

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  4. Yes, i drink rum. And so do millions of people. And that is a silly irrelevant argument. A lot of strawmaning here. This is your best argument?

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  5. Must read with Open Mind! Great information about our People” ……

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  6. The land to which you refer was not gifted or granted as you have posted, and that information is incorrect. This land which was totally abandoned and is being leased for agricultural purposes to grow and process sugar cane for industrial purposes. Sugar cane was once a major economic driver and since the 1990’s rum producers have been forced to import molasses to continue manufacturing Rum.

    Puerto Rico has been known worldwide for the quality of its rums, and our beloved Island is recognized as the “Rum Capital of the World”. However, for decades we have been forced to import from neighboring islands and countries, when in reality, we should have been producing our very own Puerto Rican molasses to manufacture the best rums, continue to grow our exports in rums and help our economy. With this sugar cane project, Puerto Rico will once again claim proudly that its premium rums are made with 100% local ingredients. Furthermore, sugar cane will also be used in the production of clean energy and in seeking solutions to reducing fossil fuels and the environmental footprint for the benefit of our children and families.

    Agriculture was abandoned by past generations as it was associated with poverty and lack of education. We grew up educating managers for pharma and 936 companies which left us astray when it became inconvenient for the multinational conglomerates to remain on the Island. Over 250,000 jobs were lost and the Island was left without potential alternatives, food imports averaging at over 80% and over 75% of agricultural land abandoned without hope or anyone interested in revamping our agriculture.

    Migration by the thousands has taken its tolll in our country as well, dividing families and forcing our people to leave “la patria” in search for employment.

    Fortunately, we are now witnessing a resurgence of a new generation of agronomists, professionals interested in agriculture, former pharma professionals willing to reinvent thenselves and seek solutions via innovation, and agricultural projects aided by technology (not Monsanto) in an effort to susbstitute imports, strengthen food security and grow local. Buy local and support “lo del País” is becoming a standard and Puerto Rican consumers are willing to support this growing and much needed behavioral trend.

    Any and all efforts put into agriculture, and agribusiness should be applauded and supported strongly. Those who are willing to stay on the Island and invest in the future, betting on our potential, our talent and our collective will to help the country rise from the ashes like the Phoenix should have our full support.

    The Serrallés family has been in comtinuous operation for the last 151 years in Ponce, helping sustain our regional and Islandwide economy. All of its rums are produced in Ponce and nowhere else. They continue to bet in Puerto Rico and its potential.

    You should check your facts before launching incorrect rampages such as this one.

    Es fácil criticar desde las gradas, pero son muy pocas las familias y empresas dispuestas a seguir invirtiendo en el país con un compromiso de trabajar con Puerto Rico, timar riesgos y enrollarse las mangas, sin sacrificar la calidad de sus productos, ni velar güira en Cuba u otros países para crecer.

    Serrallés es auténticamente el Ron de Puerto Rico y el espíritu destilado que ha estado presente en la historia de nuestro país. Ha sido partícipe de nuestras tradiciones, victorias, derrotas, eventos familiares y personales por más de siglo y medio. Sus valores y compromiso datan de seis generaciones con Puerto Rico, y no tengo duda de que seguirán vigentes por mucho más de las próximas seis generaciones a futuro…

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  7. Nelson,

    Why are you strawmaning. Where do i mention anything about harvesting methods or anything of the sorts? With all due respect, you are demonstrating my point. There is no enemy here. Take a look at some of the comments from other readers, they can be applied to any megabussines, like the hundreds, (thousands?), around the island. A lady here is suggesting we stop buying their rums; and what should we consume instead? Bacardi? The well known pro-american cuban expatriate that lobbies against DonQ’s entrance into the american market every day? Maybe a rum from Dominican Republic or Haití? Where, in Walmart? That would really help! I admire your book, but it is ok to disagree and or be wrong. It is my opinion that this attack is rushed and does not reflect the current state of affairs in the island. Until now, only the mighty americans would get something like this. You are welcome to come visit me and i will get you up close and personal with these issues. I’ll drive you around los pueblos, talk to people, farmers, etc. I’ll buy lunch or dinner, (nothing to fancy) and maybe you’ll agree on some of the points! As a side note, I was even happier when Casa Pueblo got handed control of Los Bosques del Pueblo!
    This land, (from the article), is now under contractual control of puertorricans, so PROMESA may not touch it. Look into that, please.

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  8. I see a lot of people here with far too much willingness to point fingers and put blame without a proper analisis. Agriculture around here has been abismal. Most of this land is not being used at all.The idea that somehow, 29 families that can not afford to buy land are going to suddenly become succesfull farmers is ridiculous. This is wishfull thinking. In the meantime, foreign companies keep getting the best land ridiculously cheap,companies like Monsanto! And all you guys do is condemn a local company whose owners resemble nothing like the feudal masters of the past you mention. Serralles has taken several major blows in the past few years, like Captain Morgan rum and many millions of dollars having been “relocated” for very strange political reasons in congress to the Virgin Islands increasing costs, etc.
    Or maybe you people think it would have been better to do nothing and continue buying sugar cane melaza elsewhere. Or just give the land to 29 families, also give them money that we don’t have, (or them), wait several years until the land is developed, which could be disastrous if you know how bussines is in PR.
    Of course this sounds beautifull, (giving land away to the poor and allow-help them become farmers), but in all honesty, do you really think it’s that simple?
    This is a move in the right direction, maybe the only one i have seen from any recent government. If there are other reasons behind the move i guess they will come out after some time.
    But, again, maybe you think they should just let monsanto take them, you’re being ” mas papistas que el papa”. A very poor analisis full of personall attacks.

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    On what basis do you assume that Monsanto products (i.e., glyphosate) will NOT be used on these 34,500 acres of land?

    –Nelson Denis

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  9. i AM A DIRECT ANCESTOR TO THE BEAUCHAMP…FAMILY i AM LAMBERTY MY REAL FATHER IS BERNARDO LAMBERTY HIS GREAT GRANDMOTHER MARIANNA BEAUCHAMP ….MY STEP FATHERS UNCLE IS IN YOUR BOOK…MY DAD IS HENRY REVERON HIS UNCLE TRY TO KILL PRESIDENT TRUMAN…

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  10. Love the article but about the Clinton’s stealing the stuff you mentioned, you should look into this hoax before you repeat it in your column.

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  11. Nelson,

    Como puertorriqueño independentista que vive, trabaja, siente y padece lo que ocurre en la isla, creo que su analisis no necesariamente refleja la realidad y/o el sentir de muchos aqui en la isla. Soy de Adjuntas y hace 19 años que comenzé negocio propio con muy poco. Vengo de familia pobre y comun. Durante toda mi vida he visto como politico tras politico, gobierno tras gobierno le ha entrgado el pais a intereses extranjeros y grandes corporaciones, que ahora arropan la isla, irremediablemente destruyendo nuestra economia local y empobreciendo nuestro pueblo aun mas. Gobierno tras gobierno ha alimentado estos monstruos billonarios a través de excenciones en los impuestos, CRIM, incentivos para salarios,etc. Los Serralles son puertoriqueños que han producido miles de empleos e invierten su dinero en la economia local, a diferencia de la gran mayoria de las megaempresas, que, no solo erosionan a diario nuestras empresas locales remanentes, sino que tambien se llevan el dinero a la banca extranjera. Importante señalar que gran parte de las tierras agrícolas de la costa sur han sido rentadas, vendidas a empresas altamente notorias como Monsanto!
    Creo que escoje la pelea incorrecta al atacar uno de nuestras empresas locales mas consistentes, una empresa que nos llena de orgullo y nos pone en el panorama mundial de licores de alta categoria.
    Discrepo ademas con su extraña “sugerencia” de regalar tierras a 29 familias con el pretexto de que crearian una”granja” familiar. Las cosas se ganan con esfuerzo y esto abriria una caja de pandora impredecible: si se le regalan tierras a 29 familias, van a venir muchas mas a exigir lo mismo, creame.
    Ademas es importante señalar que las tierras no fueron regaladas a dicha familia, esto es condicionado anpa inversio que usted no menciona.
    Disculpe, pero creo que esto es absolutamente necesario para revivir una industria muerta de la cual hace mucho ya no se oye. Hacia tiempo, años, que no escuchaba noticias del gobierno local ayudando y protejiendo empresas locales, inversión local, creación de empleos a nivel local y todas las demas cosas como el “cash flow” que usted imagina pudieran crear la granja familiar.
    Se equivoca su analisis.

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  12. THAT –CORRUPTED, ( GARCIA PADILLA ), GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO, NEED TO BE —DETHRONED—- OF HIS PEDESTAL. HE HAS ONLY PLUNGED THE ISLAND, INTO POVERTY AND MISERY. PUERTO RICO, NEED A GOVERNOR THAT IS —- RESPONSIBLE, HONEST AND UN-CORRUPTED ! SOMEONE THAT WORKS FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL THE PUERTO RICAN , AND THE ISLAND.. SOMEONE THAT IS NOT GREEDY AND SELFISH ! SOMEONE THAT PUT THE PROGRESS AND INTEREST OF THE ISLAND FIRST. . *** BUT I GUESS THAT,PERSON ONLY EXIST IN MY DREAMS. !!

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  13. Read the WIPR article. Leased….

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    Thirty year renewable leases, on such FAVORABLE lease terms that it’s cheaper than owning the land and paying property taxes, is a SCAM.

    And guess what? The Puerto Rican taxpayer is paying for every penny of this SCAM.

    –Nelson Denis

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  14. INTERESTING, EXCELLENT INFORMATION, THE TRUTH AND HISTORY NEEDED

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  15. No payments of interest, dividend or capital gains taxes for 20 years. Another slap in the face for the people of Puerto Rico. Their has to be a payoff for Padilla. He’s just like Luis Fortuño Otro ladrón.

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  16. That particular picture of the Serralle’s Castle is from the 1940’s or 50’s. There is ONLY ONE (1) “PRIVATE BEACH” in Puerto Rico and it DOES NOT BELONG to the Serralles. I belong to the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan. . . BECAUSE THEY BUILD IT. ALL BEACH IN PUERTO RICO ARE PUBLIC BY LAW.

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  17. Agreed Mr. Denis. Definitely, spreading the land between smaller farmers who would work collaboratively and with self-sustaining agricultural systems would have been much better. I’m very worried about the effects of the monoculture on the land. Back to the old ways. I’m all for increasing local production and developing our agriculture industry, but I would be wiser about it.

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