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Paitilla at the center of new fight

Paitilla residents will face a new battle against the developers of the Ocean Front and Sea Point construction projects, this time before the Supreme Court.

The situation arises as a result of a ruling issued Jan. 27 by the National Land Management Authority (Anati) which stated that the two projects are not violating rules on the preservation of coastlines.

After conducting a survey in December, Anati determined that the projects are encroaching on areas where development is prohibited, but said the restrictions do not apply since the properties themselves were created before the creation of the law in 2009 prohibiting that development.

"In this particular case, those titles were issued prior to the law, which is not retroactive," said Anati Administrator Carlos González.

Official data of the entity indicates that the properties have titles dating back to 1972.

The Anati report supports a decision by the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP), which also certified that both Ocean Front and Sea Point "are being constructed within the limits of their property boundaries."

Harley Mitchell, who represents property owners fighting the developments, said that the decisions issued by Anati and the Maritime Authority violates the constitution. He plans to file a complaint before the Supreme Court to halt the projects.

Ocean Front, a 40-story building, began work in 2013. Sea Point, a 30-story building, began work in 2015.

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