Mayor of San Juan Believes Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián can be Transformed Into Economic Development Tool
SAN JUAN – The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, voiced her opinion that given the economic situation of the island, the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián of next January could be transformed into an activity for economic development.
Cruz Soto, who has refused the establishment of a fiscal control board for the territory, which will manage its finances, and who has criticized the retention by the Governmental Development Bank (GDB) of nearly $30 million from the capital municipality, expressed that this celebration is an event where “culture is the motor that moves our activity”.
“The next Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián, given the economic situation of the country, are not only a party anymore, but an activity of economic development, where the culture is the motor that moves the activity,” the mayor emphasized of the event which thousands of people, locals and tourists, assist annually.
According to the mayor, “they are recognized festivities which include the arrival of cruises…. The biggest cruise in the world will be here at the end of December.”
On the tourism of the city, she indicated that this sector “is the only industry that has continued to grow, so that San Juan can remain clean, ordered, with an attractive cultural offer and with businesses open at night for the cruise passengers, which has been possible with the help of residents of Old San Juan, Miramar, Santurce and Río Piedras.”
She insisted, in an interview with a local radio station, that this year the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián will be a “tool of economic development in San Juan,” as well as an exercise in “discipline, organization and logistic”.
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