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  1. I didn't quite know where to post this -- in the Business forum or the Travel forum but finally decided that, at this point, it's more "business" than "travel." YUGE news about this $1 billion project. But, of course, there are lots of questions. I'd be interested to know what the reactions are from forum members. Of course, it's not really a "Discover Project" because Discovery is only licensing the name. (The same company that brings you "Airplane Repo" and "Moonshiners" and "Street Outlaws.") Here's mine: 1. The announcement of this $1 billion project for Guanacaste/Liberia was announced at..... the National Theater in San Jose. ???? Why not actually in Guanacaste? 2. Where will the water come from? The article(s) say that water for the first part of the project (Discovery Ranch) will come from existing wells. But these wells tap into an aquifer and once that aquifer is gone -- where will it come from then? And the two other parts of the project? Especially the beach part.... (Guanacastecans better pray for rain....) 3. Environmental studies and permits already done and proves the project to be both "sustainable" and "environmentally friendly." How many times have we heard that? And why was there no publicity about the studies or the permits? I suppose I should start reading "La Gaceta." Also known as "the cure for insomnia." But apparently, there are little "bombs" in those boring notices. 4. How can they guarantee that the building contractor will not hire hundreds of Nicaraguan workers (illegally) as has been done on so many big projects in that area. Who will oversee the work permits, etc? 5. Who will oversee that no environmental damage is done? The local "inspector" who comes around every couple of weeks or every month? 6. Has anyone considered the impact this will have on smaller tourism businesses in the area? 7. Other? I think we can have an interesting discussion about this and not come to blows! haha Yes, you might consider me an old curmudgeon but I've seen the same words so many times and very little of the 'promise' come to fruition.

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