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Mel Gibson returns 39.4 hectares of Maritime Land Zone

By Oliver Pérez

It seems that actor and movie producer Mel Gibson wants to bury legal litigations, and therefore decided to return 39.4 hectares in Barrigona Beach, a Maritime Land Zone area that corresponds to the Municipality of Nicoya. 

The 39,4 hectares returned were acquired in 2007 during the purchase of the 163-hectare property. VON published an article about the situation of this concession in the November 2010 edition.

In a document sent to Mayor Marco Jimenez, dated October 25th, the legal representative of Gibson, Alberto Raven Odio, indicated that the filmmaker does not have any pretension about the concession.  
"This happens without greater problem, as it should be from the beginning when it was determined that the concession was given in an illegal way.  It was always known that it was a public beach, and actually he was deceived when he acquired the property," indicated Jimenez. 

For Jimenez, this chapter for the producer of The Passion of Christ is now closed, but another begins, which is filled with tax collection and fines for 27 million colones ($54,000).

At the beginning of the year, City Hall discovered constructions built illegally, without permits. In this case, Gibson was fined 17 million colones ($34,000), and he also has a bill for 10 million colones ($20,000) for past due trimesters from Property and Real Estate.    

“We do not intend that it be said that for being an actor and a world-renowned figure, we would be taking advantage.  (I) committed to collecting all the money owed to the municipality for taxes. Two weeks ago we applied this type of procedure to other businesses and people that have not paid us," explained the mayor. 

 

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