Puerto Rico proposes coastal zone rules
Associated Press, 2014-02-12
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's Natural Resources Department has created a long-awaited plan that would establish the island's official coastal zone and aims to protect certain areas from development.
Secretary Carmen Guerrero said Wednesday that the plan also will allow the U.S. territory to properly prepare for increased beach erosion and rising sea levels because of climate change.
The plan is expected to strengthen access to public coastlines following complaints that some beaches being blocked in popular tourist areas. Guerrero said the plan was long overdue and had been a work in progress since 1992.
Guerrero said she will hold public meetings in upcoming months to obtain citizen feedback on the plan before it is finalized.
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