Costa Rica News – Orotina residents are rightly upset. They have little information on expropriations to build the airport, an issue completely out of their hands that will change their futures entirely.
The meeting held to answer their questions was only about four hours long, not nearly enough to clarify all the doubts related to losing their homes, businesses and community.
The meeting was attended by 500 people, at the fairground in Alajuela. The idea was to make known the details of the future terminal. What residents expected to hear was information like why they chose this area where they have spent their whole lives and details about the expropriations.
What they heard instead were various stories about similar airport developments in Ecuador and Argentina. That is of no interest. Nor is information about how the airport will bring opportunity to the area these families are being kicked out of.
Many families in the area live on land divided by verbal agreements generations ago and they wonder if the money will reach them. Others own businesses and fear their clients will not follow them to another town. Residents fear they won’t get a similar lifestyle or property with the money given. Expropriations are expected in 2023.