This week The Bulletin is presenting a photo coverage and report on the disastrous condition of the City of Colon.
This is not a political statement, but an attempt to contribute to the quest for a solution to the deplorable conditions of Panama’s second largest city.
For many years Colon has been an entry point for cruise ship passengers and foreign visitors to the Colon Free Zone who return to their own countries with poor [...]
Colon is the capital of the northern province of Panama and is the most populated urban center in the country after Panama City.
It has the second largest free zone in the world after Hong Kong; it is a homeport for two important cruise ship lines and it is responsible for 15% of the country’s GDP, approximately $4 billion a year. However, the people of Colon do not appear to be obtaining benefits from this [...]
Unlike the Old Quarter in Panama City, there is no real estate speculation in Colon to create interest in reconditioning and saving historic buildings.
“Until we have an agreement between the National Heritage Department, the governor and mayor of Colon, the Old Quarter will stay as it is, but for the moment nothing can be done,” said the Provincial Director of the Housing Ministry (MIVI), Osvaldo Chavarria.
He added that at the moment no plans [...]
Strong winds and rains caused by a northern cold front that crossed the Caribbean created havoc in Panama with one person drowned six ships aground and at least ten houses unroofed in Colon province and more damage in the north of the country. Electric light poles and trees fell in various areas. The six vessels ran aground in the city seafront area of Colon due to the wind [...]
• The terminal will cost $58.3 million – handle 500 passengers • Bridge will connect to the Colon Free Zone • Lengthened runway will take Boeing 757/200
The Enrique Adolfo Jimenez Airport (France Field) in Colon is receiving a facelift that will allow it to handle international and national flights carrying passengers and cargo. The cost of the renovation is $58.3 million and the airport is scheduled to open in July. This is part of [...]
The Panama Canal Museum and the French Embassy are presenting an exhibition of the French painter Paul Gauguin, “The Dream of Panama.” Meanwhile, in the city of Colon paintings of Paul Gauguin are being looked for. This exhibit will be in the Republic of Panama until March 10, 2013, and for an entry fee of $5.00 visitors can see 36 original works, collections of such prestigious museums as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and pieces [...]