Local February 8, 2012 | 8:54 am

Illegal denial of beach access now affects surfers

Santo Domingo.- Dominican surfers grouped in Fedosurf say the work being done by the Group Playa Grande Rio San Juan, province, affects the coastal ecosystem and forest cover.

The surfers’ situation is the latest in a long history of illegal denial of access to the country’s beaches, but the authorities, often in cahoots with, or powerless against economic interests, have yet to enforce the Law in many of the country’s coastal areas.

Fedosurf, quoted by newspapear Hoy, says the Group aims to limit access to that beach, which surfers have used for more than 30 years.

The allegation is in a letter from Fedosurf president Nestor Puente to the biologist Felicita Heredia, of the Academy of Sciences Environmental Team and the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo State University UASD Environment Committee.

The surfers ask the UASD to analyze their complaint to start a campaign to "put a stop to this grave threat that hangs over this paradise and the illegal action of not allowing free access to this, our beach," located in northern María Trinidad Sánchez province.

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