PHOTO: The Puerto Rico coastline. (Photo via Flickr/Trish Hartmann)
Developers want to transform a secluded surfer’s paradise into a mega-hotel complex, according to a new report on Fox News.
Protesters were on hand to protest the plan and included surfers and environmentalists, who believe the area would be destroyed by the transformation.
"It's an untouched gem that hasn't been built up, which is just remarkable, to begin with," Paul Schmidt, a 31-year-old from Rockaway, New York, tells Fox. "So many places like this have been ruined by big resorts and people trying to make money off of something so beautiful and so pure."
It’s a tough call for Puerto Rico, however.
“Battles between development and preservation have long played out worldwide. But the stakes are especially high here because Puerto Rico has already lost so much of its once lush coast in the boom-and-bust economic cycles that have defined its modern history,” reports Fox.
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Developers, alternatively, are frustrated because the project would bring much-needed jobs and boost tourism.
"Right now it's so hard to get to that beach," he said, noting the developer plans two access roads to replace the single dirt road that leads to it. "We're going to open it up so everyone can enjoy it,” Aguadilla Mayor Carlos Mendez tells Fox News.
So far, ongoing protests have delayed construction. To read more about how this situation may play out, read on here.