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Panama Grants Special Land Concession to Wealthy, Raises Red-Flags for Local Residents

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Panama’s National Authority of Land Management (Anati) has granted an application of “special concession” for a track of 141.5 hectares of coastal land in the province of Veraguas. Italian-French businessman Jean Pigozzi has been acquiring this land since the 1990′s, much to the dislike of local residents who are feeling the pinch of government strong-arms.

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Original Article Text From Prensa via Google Translate :

Anati Handles the Granting of Island

From the July 13, 2011 rests in the National Authority of Land Management (Anati) the application of “special concession” of a globe of land 141.5 hectares in the Channel Island Earth, municipality of Bahia Honda, in the province of Veraguas.

We request was made by the Italian-French businessman Jean Pigozzi, who since the late 1990′s began to acquire large tracts of land in Panama, by the American art dealer Daniel Wolf.

Pigozzi gained local prominence this week following the visit made by the president, Ricardo Martinelli, Bahia Honda and the Pixvae, two coastal communities south of Veraguas where it has land disputes with the locals.

As reported some members of both communities, the surprise presidential visit included the threat of sending to jail those who do not cede their possessory rights Pigozzi.

Pigozzi request has not had drawbacks in Anati. On 4 April, the Director of Certification and Regularization, Carlos Dutari, set an edict that anyone who creates a better title may file an opposition in the next two months.

In addition, the edict was taken yesterday Corregiduría Bahia Honda officials Anati, which also must be placed in view of the community.

Pigozzi sustained the application of Article 26 of Law 2 of 2006 which regulates concessions for tourism investment and the sale of island territory for tourist use purposes, and allows the concession for 90 years of island, in case can prove possession for a period not less than two years.

Pigozzi not have trouble meeting this requirement of Panamanian law.

Since 2003 he built a marine laboratory research on the island, and then a unique ensemble that includes a house on top of the island.

Even the Channel Island Earth is now called Simca island, referring to the family car company Pigozzi.

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