Mario Zamora, Minister of Public Security (left) and Cynthia Telles, U.S. Ambassador (right).
- Photo via U.S. Embassy -
Published on Monday, July 3, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The U.S. government, through its embassy in Costa Rica, announced an agreement with the Ministry of Public Security and the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic Coast (JAPDEVA) to build a Coast Guard station and a pier in Limón Province.
According to the embassy, the station will be built on a property in Moin Beach that is within the facilities of JAPDEVA, which agreed to allow the construction at their property.
The project has been budgeted at $4.5 million, which will be covered by a grant from the U.S.
"These projects are the result of the close collaboration we have with Costa Rica," said Cynthia Telles, U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica.
In addition, as part of the agreement, Costa Rica agrees to purchase from the United States an 85-foot patrol boat for the Ministry of Security, required in its duties of patrolling the Caribbean Coast maritime zone.
"This is part of the naval support that the Costa Rican police receive, and materializes the alliance that exists between the United States and Costa Rica, in favor of justice, law and the defense of our democracies," said Mario Zamora, Minister of Public Security.
Authorities estimate that the new Coast Guard station and pier at Moin Beach will be inaugurated in 2026.
The Joint Patrol Treaty with the United States allows continuing anti-drug operations in Costa Rica. Recently, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard led the arrest of four suspects of transporting cocaine near the Costa Rican Pacific Coast.