The Municipality of Magdalena del Mar approved an ordinance that suspends for a period of 180 business days the processing of applications for operating licenses for lodgings, hostels, spas, saunas, massage centers, hotels below four stars, and other related or similar businesses. The measure seeks to combat citizen insecurity and organized crime that would be linked to these economic activities, according to its consideration.
The ordinance No. 197-2023 establishes that The suspension will apply throughout the territorial area of the district of Magdalena del Marand that will not affect establishments that have a current operating license granted by the municipality.
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He mayor of the district of Magdalena del Mar, Francis Allison Oyague, mentioned Management that “Citizen safety is the most important thing (…) that is why the ordinance was issued, to limit the proliferation of hostels, hotels, saunas and many spas. It is a measure taken due to the crisis of organized crime such as the ‘Aragua train’, which is based on criminal activities such as pimping, human trafficking, hitmen and extortion.”
Notes that ““In extraordinary times, extraordinary measures are needed.” and explains that The factors that influence organized crime to establish itself and grow begin – in their opinion – when this type of business abounds.
It also highlights that “The deadline will not be extended.” “The 180 days are to work on the planning and regulation necessary to improve security measures. “I am confident that in that number of days, we will have good results and we will defeat organized crime.”argument.
The rule also provides that the municipality will carry out inspection and control actions to verify compliance with the ordinance, and that it will apply the corresponding administrative sanctions in case of violation, which can go up to definitive closure and confiscation of assets.
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It is necessary to specify that, The ordinance responds to a demand from the residents of the district, who feel affected by the proliferation of these businesses. Likewise, it is expected that the suspension will allow the current situation of these lines to be evaluated and measures to be proposed to regulate them appropriately.
The ordinance has generated diverse reactions among the sectors involved. On the one hand, Representatives of the lodging and tourism unions have expressed their rejection of the measure, alleging that it affects free competition, investment and formal employment.. On the other hand, neighbors and civil society organizations have supported the initiative, considering that it contributes to improving security and coexistence in the district.
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