Just when you think it can’t get any weirder, it does.

My Lawyer, Bill Victoria, came back yesterday from a trip to Panama City. I have been trying to title a beachfront property near Boca Chica for a couple of years and Bill went to check on progress.

The story he came back with was interesting. Law 80 provides that the first 5 hectares of coastal or island property will be titled without charge — free. But the ANATI official Bill spoke with said that ANATI was refusing to title any coastal or island properties for free. On all properties, regardless of size, they are charging the per meter fee structure established in Law 80 for properties larger than five hectares.

The long-promsed free lunch never arrived and now has been officially cancelled.

Still, this is good news. Even if you have to pay a few dollars a meter to get oceanfront property titled, it will be an excellent investment and the price is still low relative to the value being created by titling.

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