A wide variety of possibilities exist forPuerto Rico that 500 years of Spanish domination has yet to uncover.
Puerto Rico is like alake of oil, black gold, just under the surface.
First we must see it and understand its possibilities,then harvest it.
Government can do its job by recognizing the potential, making a plan,then making it possible for the Puerto Rican citizen to do what cannot be done alone, buttogether, as a unit can be done.
As a government of people we can enable, encourage and supportthe private citizen with a vision of dreams that are possible.
If there is ever a time when food shortagesoccur, there will be no greater insurance policy for Puerto Rico than to be potentiallyself supporting by the development of farming.
As a species we love to til the soil and watchthings grow.
Almost anyone can do it but he/she needs mechanized equipment, land, and aboveall, adequate farming knowledge.
Providing mechanical equipment for hundreds,even thousands of potential farmers will more than overstress government and its budget.
However, government owned equipment, or the government contracting equipment and operators,can make shared farming operating equipment within reach of everyone who wants to makefarming their career choice.
Corporate and privately owned land can bemade part of the newly established PUERTO RICO FARMING ALLIANCE.
Tax incentives, orsimply the ability to help society are good incentives to have land made available forprivate alliance farming.
The Government of Puerto Rico has under utilized land lieinfurlowed under its control that can also help make this vision a possibility.
Land is temporarilydivided into different size farming lots.
Small lots of 100 sq meters for some farmersto multi-acre land for fruit tree farmers.
Flat land makes good land for cultivation(turning the soil) while heavy rock and mountainous land can become fruit tree farms.
A PuertoRican citizen makes a request for farmland and proposes crops he/she may like to cultivate.
The appropriate size land within close commuting distance is offered to this citizen.
If theland needs cultivation, plowing or discing is made available by government or privatelyowned equipment operators.
Employees of Puerto Rico, or volunteers, provideinformation to the alliance farmer about crop and soil management.
The concept is to provideassistance where accepted.
There are no demands or threats of fines.
The FIELD PROFESSOR isthe friend of the farmer, not the leader or manager.
The farmer is free to use his/herown judgement for the outcome of the crop and harvest.
There will also be cases whenthe Field Professor learns from the farmer.
The alliance farmer now has land, cultivatedif necessary, available instructions, and ready for immediate farming.
The farmer mustprovide hand tools and seeds or seedlings.
His/her obligations are to plant, keep cropfree of weeds, watering (if possible), maintaining the land by providing natural fertilizer (ifpossible) and harvesting and preparing crops for delivery to the ALLIANCE HARVEST CENTER.
All funds paid to the alliance farmer from the harvest center belongs to the farmer topay any outstanding debts used to finance the business and to support the farmer s family.
These are wide open areas with governmentpaid or contracted land management.
Farm collectives provide available farming labor and skillsto hourly wage workers.
Workers clean, clear, plant, weed, and harvest different area farmswhere directed by management.
Then prepare and transport crops to the ALLIANCE HARVESTCENTER.
Collective farms are intended to provide employment for the majority of able bodiedcitizens who want to work but are uncomfortable with business management.
Today one of the greatest expense of timefor farmers is discovering ways to make produce available for sale.
The ALLIANCE HARVEST CENTERis a warehouse of produce grown by alliance farmers.
The alliance center pays a set andposted price for farmer s goods, then makes the produce available at wholesale pricesto local and area wide grocers, feed and seed stores, produce stores, and restaurants, andmake delivery when necessary.
The local alliance centers work together asone.
ALLIANCE HARVEST CENTERS' earned income is used to pay producing farmers, workers,management, and transporters.
If and when there is a shortage of funding, only thenis the government there to close the gap.
Almost every town in Puerto Rico has an innercity area with a town square or park in the center of activity.
Today a large number ofcommercial buildings are either vacant or occupied by governmental agencies.
In addition,other retail areas just beyond this central area experience light or no foot traffic andbuildings are abandoned and in poor condition.
To make it possible for any inner city tosurvive and prosper there must be adequate foot traffic and easy access and parking.
Find areas just outside the commercial rehabilitation area, hopefully large block size areas, removeall structures and improve the area as parking.
To get the potential customer or tourist tothe commercial area, employ golf cart type vehicles with a train of five or more passengercarts to make regular runs between the commercial shopping and parking.
The transportation isfree and people can shop, take packages back to their car, ride back and shop some more.
And if your town is successful, it may have more than one central location of shops andrestaurants located nearby.
In this case the transportation will also be from shoppingarea to shopping area.
The government of Puerto Rico takes controlof these commercial properties by purchase or with lease contracts at greatly reducedrent to the government.
Government provides the promise to oversee the rehabilitationof the building, improve the front exterior to show off its historical architecture beauty,resurface sidewalks, and paint building frontage with beautiful pastel colors that show offthe individual character of the buildings.
With the potential higher demand for thisproperty, owners could also be rewarded with enhanced property values.
Establish commercial sign standards to giveall commercial endeavors an equal chance of the enterprise dollar and create a uniformedlook among the merchants.
It can be suggested to establish unlit wood painted and/or carvedsigns to a maximum of one square meter and hang perpendicular to the building over thesidewalk.
And if large windows are available, they may be used to letter the business namebut avoid large window display signs that block the view to the interior and possiblyclash with the planned look of the building.
This way business owners do not have to competewith large signs and all businesses have an equal chance to the shopping dollar.
There are a large numbers of people who dream of openingtheir own business in Restaurants and Retail, but the looming possibilities of failure anddevastating bankruptcy hold many in their tracks Lack of capital is of course the primereason for failure.
Imagine a possibility where you can startyour own business dream with a fraction of operating costs Imagine free or near freerent, improved high foot traffic area, and even the possibility of obtaining your merchandisefor free.
One hundred percent of your profits can be used to grow your business, make payroll,pay utilities, and you.
Today it is only a fantasy, but the possibility of growing yourdream in Puerto Rico can exist.
All or most of the inner city revitalizationis created for this reason.
A town of beautiful buildings and easy parking and transportationis only vibrant if the buildings are occupied with clean and unique stores and restaurants.
Government contract leases with the commercialdreamer with the use of these revitalized retail spaces for a token amount of rent orpossibly free.
As these two or three year contracts end, rents can grow commensurateto the success of the newly established and growing business If the business is stillstruggling but the owner wants to continue, the lease can be subject to review for renewal.
Almost all retailers have stock that becomesdifficult to move, or the retailer needs the space for new merchandise to give a new lookfor his business.
This retailer has the opportunity to transport this new, but unsold merchandise,for tax credits, to PUERTO RICO S RECYCLED MERCHANDISE CENTER located in most townships.
These are large warehouse style building using presently vacated structures.
The merchandiseis sorted for view for contracted retailers to pick and choose from the stock for theirestablishment.
Items not claimed by contracted store owners after six months can be madeavailable for sale to local public auctions.
Each year thousands of residents in PuertoRico wish to discard and replace home contents, but realize they are much too good to endup in the landfill.
These residents can help the cause of business success in Puerto Rico,and gain a tax incentive or retail credit from participating stores.
Retail salesimprove when the homeowner now has space for new things.
If the resident does not haveaccess to transportation, they may call upon township contracted truck owners to transporttheir items to COMMUNITY GIFT CENTERS, There at the CGC, employees determine good itemsfrom bad, sort and display the good items and the bad items then find their way to thelandfill or recycling center.
Contracted retailers will have the opportunityto visit these CGCs and pick up merchandise for their stores.
Stores may also hire talentedworkers to refurbish broken merchandise.
On a regular bases, CGCs move donated items fromone local center to another.
After a period of time, color coded or numbered items unclaimedafter an expired period of time can find their way also to the landfill or recycling center.
Contracted retailers who wish to change merchandise,have the freedom to transport merchandise to the COMMUNITY GIFT CENTER and restock theirstore with different items.
Tourism service for the vacation planner aswell as the impulsive visitor who wants to experience what Puerto Rico has to offer,can take advantage of Puerto Rico s new government sponsored free service to encourage touristto support local lodges and experience local tourist attractions.
Imagine the airport full of advertisementsabout OPEN ARMS Lodging of Puerto Rico with phone number and website address.
Travelerssee billboard advertising about OPEN ARMS Lodging.
Tourist are encouraged to contactOPEN ARMS, a free service for both lodge owners and the tourism public.
OPEN ARMS providesinformation about locally owned lodging all over Puerto Rico.
Sorted by restaurant themes,location, amenities, even photos sent to your phone and the GPS destination, along withthe owner s welcome and an exploration list of attractions to experience at or near theirlodge.
With the help of OPEN ARMS Lodging of PuertoRico, just about anyone can create a lodging destination of a dozen or more cottages withnew hope for success.
Or find one of many small lodging locations in need of renovationthat are often hidden, out of the way places, that presently see little business and maybe in danger of disappearing from the landscape.
OPEN ARMS with its minimum set standards,periodically visits these lodges to insure the integrity of tourist satisfaction.
Ifan owner needs help to comply, OPEN ARMS will help provide reference for employees or partnerships.
One of the greatest needs for successful tourismis not only adequate lodging but unique lodging with local natural attractions, attractionsthat are abundant in Puerto Rico.
Lodging with unique themes will add much to the PuertoRico experience.
Themes and tours, such as quiet mountain views, waterfalls, access toancient Torno sites or Torno lodging re-creation sites with action plays, games, and authenticdress and culture, caves, rivers, mountain streams, hot and cold springs, locations surroundedby rainforest, fruit tree farms, and unique travels through history like viewing farmingwith oxen, close views and education about windmill farms, horse farms and horsebackriding, and unique shopping experiences in the local historic districts and townships.
All of these and more can rank as high as those with beach and water trip activities.
The potential for new things for tourist to see is as abundant as the imagination of thePuerto Rican people.
When the possibility of success grows forthe lodge owner, not only does the lodge owner benefit, but Puerto Rico s revenue base andtourist activity grow.
Govermment does best what the individual cannot do on his own,and with just a little help from the Government, an explosion of reasons to visit and explorePuerto Rico lie just over the horizon.