On March 31st, during the municipal council session held in Puerto Carrillo, the president of the council, Nery Arias, called for neighbors to take on the Ecological Blue Flag project again because, according to her, the beach is well cared for but because some administrative paperwork was missing, this distinction was lost.
“I think it’s a shame that Carrillo Beach has lost continuing to be decorated with the Blue Flag simply because there is not a committee that is dedicated to promoting (the recognition),” Arias said.
The Blue Flag ranking is awarded through the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT- Instituto Costarricense de Turismo) to those places that are identified with cleanliness and environmental protection. The ICT recommends visiting these types of places through tourism companies for domestic and foreign tourism.
One of the ones who pledged to take on the project again was businessman Arnoldo Beeche, owner of the new luxury hotel Nammbú, which is being built in Playa Carrillo.
“We have made an agreement with Peter Dufner (community leader) to do the paperwork with the ICT from the hotel’s offices so that we can maintain and strengthen the Blue Flag project,” Beeche said.