President Leonel Fernandez met in Puerto Plata recently with tourism sector representatives and committed government funding for projects on the province's development agenda. Jose Natalio Redondo, president of the Puerto Plata Tourism & Cultural Cluster expressed optimism that progress would be made following the President's visit.
It was agreed that the government would fund the reconstruction and expansion to four lanes on the Navarrete-Puerto Plata highway, as well as a new tunnel. They also agreed to fund the construction of a hospital in Sosua, bridges, aqueducts and the rehabilitation of the port. A bypass road through Cabarete would be built, and the current road would be pedestrianized.
It was also agreed that a decree would be issued to increase the maximum permitted building height of Cabarete from three to four floors. Agreements with the city governments were also announced for the paving of streets in Sosua, Cabarete and Puerto Plata.
The government also approved a RD$35 million promotional campaign in the US, starting next week.
West Indies Real Estate welcomes moves to improve infrastructure and commerce in the area.