The Las Catalinas project is built in the middle of tropical dry forest on a plot of more than 600 hectares located north of Potrero adjacent to the beaches of Playa Danta and Playa Dantita in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. (…) Since the inception of the project, the ASADA of Potrero has rejected giving it water because the ASADA lacked the required capacity. Moreover, water in the area is scarce. Nevertheless, the Municipality of Santa Cruz issued building permits for the project’s entire infrastructure, despite the fact that the project did not have a guaranteed supply of drinking water for its condominiums, homes, shops, gardens and swimming pools, as well as other works. Acting only on the basis of a 2008 request for a water well permit, the Municipality purposely ignored one of the municipal regulation’s minimum requirements for construction: “the certainty of available water”.