I have never caught the Puente Flotante / Floating Bridge opening or closing until today.
The Puente Flotante connects Santo Domingo Este, Ave. España (Ave Malecon), to Districo Nacional, Zona Colonial and Av Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó (El Malecon). It has had many problems and is not in the best shape. Large trucks are not permitted to use the bridge and it is shut down often for repair work.
Walking the dogs, Inteliperra and Buenagente (Dominican Dog Blog) this morning the motors were running as we crossed the bridge. This never happened before.
We just made it across as they closed the blockades stopping humans, dogs and traffic from crossing.
They put the barricades down before all the vehicles had passed through so some of the fishermen came and lifted the block so the 3 vehicles could get out.
There were many official looking humans on the bridge as we crossed. It looked like they were doing an inspection because I saw no large boats approaching the bridge.
A Harbor Pilot, what I would call a tug boat, ship pulled up to the bridge then a larger boat with large vehicle tires surround it came and ran into the bridge.
The middle platform connecting both sides of the bridge slowly lifted.
The large boat kept pushing the bridge and it was moving.
The monument dedicated to Fray Antón de Montecinos sits at the entrance of the Rio Ozama, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo. It is one of the first things people see entering the port of Santo Domingo.
The statue of Fray Antón de Montecinos was designed by Mexican sculptor Antonio Castellanos is almost 15 feet (15 meters) tall. It was donated to the Dominican people by the Mexican government when Lopez Portillo was president of Mexico and was originally inaugurated in 1982.
The monument was completely restored in 2012. The interior was cleaned and had some nice original art work. The exterior was all cleaned and looked beautiful.
From a distance the monument looks beautiful. Close up is another story.
The grounds were nice and was a perfect place for dogs to run and play. It was a place to be proud of knowing that tourists and Dominicans both had a beautiful monument and nice quiet green Plaza to visit.
Then the people doing the renovation of the Colonial Zone decided to use the plaza to keep construction materials and dump the stone and other garbage that was removed from the streets for the Renovada Ciudad Colonial project.
And now the beautiful green plaza is a garbage dump. There are slimy water puddles that are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. There are paths between the piles of garbage. The perfect place for crimes to happen and people to hide.
The back side of Plaza Montecino was also a nice green spot.
Now this beautiful Plaza is pilled high with old bricks, stones, dirt and who knows what else in under all the trees and brush growing on the stone mounds.
The limestone and concrete structure, designed by architect Pedro Ramírez Vásquez, was being compromised by a tree growing on the side of the building. We contacted the people in charge of the monuments of the Colonial Zone and advised them about a tree that was growing out of the wall of the monument. The roots were starting to break the wall. I sent them this picture July 21, 2013.
Again a few years later (May 3, 2015) I advised them that the wall was cracking and before the integrity of the structure was compromised they really needed to remove that tree.
Today that tree is STILL growing covering the wall entirely. Am I the only person who cares?
I am so sad and angry when I see what has happened to Plaza Montecino. All the money used to restore the monument in 2012 and 4 years later it is a disgrace. I heard storied that they are going to restore the monument. I have to ask Why? Isn’t it easier and less expensive to do maintenance after a place is restored instead of doing the restoration work and never paying attention to the project again? Four years after all the money was spent to restore and it is now a trash dump. A large tree breaking the wall that could have been cut away when it was just a seedling.
The monument has seen two murders happen inside that I know of, there probably have been more. It is dangerous to enter once again. There used to be guards now nothing. It is the perfect place for drugs and sex.
What kind of historical city are we? We renovate one part of the Colonial City and make it beautiful while destroying another part of our history. There are no words that can describe the sadness I feel when I see this happen.
Shame on you restoration workers for dishonoring our history and our city.
A new monument has been added to the Colonial Zones list of many monuments. This is a new statue of one of the Founding Fathers of Dominican Republic, General Matías Ramón Mella. It was placed to commemorate the day of his birth on February 25th.
The new monument is located at the Puerta de la Misericordia/ Gate of Mercy on Calle Palo Hincado and the corner of Calle Arzobispo Portes along the far wall of the Colonial City. (see map #72). This new statue replaces the bust of Mella that was located in the same plaza)
The inscription on the statue reads:
General Matías Ramón Mella
25 de Febrero de 1816 – 4 de Junio de 1864
En homenaje al Padre de la Patria,
General Matías Ramón Mella
Héroe de la Independencia y de la
Restauración de la República Dominicana,
considerado el más grande genio y
estratega militar dominicano
de todos los tiempos.
Político liberal. Independentista eterno.
De Efemerides Patrias
Proyecto Patriótico de Cultura Cívica
Foundación Luces y Sombras
Bicentenario de su natancio
25 Febrero 2016
Lic. Danilo Medina Sánchez
Translation of the inscription:
In homage to the Father of the Nation,
General Matias Ramon Mella
Hero of the Independence and
Restoration of the Dominican Republic,
considered the greatest genius and
Dominican military strategist
of all times.
Political freedom. Eternal Independence.
A few aerial pictures given to me of the Parque Mirador del Sur (translated Southern Lookout Park) along Avenida Anacaona. These images also give a beautiful view of part of sprawling capital city. You can see all the way to the Caribbean Sea.
The 7 kilometer (4.35 miles) long park, designed by the Architect Eugenio Pérez Montás, is located in the southwestern part of the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo. See a map and learn a little more about Parque Mirador del Sur.
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