August 17, 2004
  • Minister of Tourism Felucho Jimenez
  • Cigar benefit
  • Columbus at the Lighthouse
  • Ocean World is very popular
Minister of Tourism Felucho Jimenez
Felix (Felucho) Jimenez was appointed Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic. He had held the post during the first Fernandez administration, from 1996-2000. Jimenez, in his private life is a professional real estate developer, including a major residential development in the Punta Cana area. He has also for years been very active in Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) politics. During the transition period, he coordinated the protocol acts for the change of mandate.
Cigar benefit
The Fuentes cigar foundation, The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation announces the celebration of the “Toast Across America 2004” for 7 October. The foundation has offices in Washington Heights, home to the largest Dominican population abroad, and where the fund-raiser will be held this year. The event brings together over 5,000 cigar enthusiasts, from 50 states, who light up to toast to the DR. The event is the world’s largest cigar toast and is expected to raise over US$300,000 in a day’s time. Over 100 smoke shops in the US participate hosting their individual events leading up to the Toast Across America. Each person who attends receives a commemorative, unreleased CFCF Fuente Opus X Figurado cigar and a Diamond Crown Maximus Figurado. Neither of these cigars are commercially available. A minimum donation of $50 per person is required and all monies collected will be sent to CFCF.
The event, in its second version, will be celebrated at the Dyckman Marina overlooking the Hudson River. Funds raised by the non-profit are invested in social programs in the DR in coordination with the Dominican Institute of Integral Development (IDDI), and helped build a medical facility, school and baseball field in the town of Caribe. “The CFCF is about the spirit of ‘giving back’ to the Dominican people. Washington Heights is the heart of the Dominican community in the United States. I can think of no better place to have our headquarters event,” said Carlos Fuente Jr., president of Tabacalera A. Fuente. Neither of these cigars are commercially available.
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Columbus at the Lighthouse
After years of debating whether the remains of Christopher Columbus at the Columbus Lighthouse in Santo Domingo were those of the famous admiral, Spanish investigators under Marcial Castro finally accept the truth. The investigators had hoped to prove Columbus was buried at Seville’s cathedral, instead. Now the Spaniards say the most recent investigations have proved that the bones in Spain are too young to be those of the admiral. They now accept these are most probably those of his lesser known son, Diego.
As reported in London’s “The Guardian,” the exhumation by Spanish anthropologists appears to have settled a row between Spain and the Dominican Republic, which has contested the claim that Columbus's bones ended up in Seville.”,,1280441,00.html
Ocean World is very popular
According to reports from the Ocean World Park management, the Cofresi, Puerto Plata acuatics park received a record 1,000 paying customers on Sunday, 15 August. The management attributed the record visitors to the long weekend and their aggressive domestic advertising campaign. Legal residents in the DR, regardless of whether being foreigners or Dominicans, have benefited from discounted rates this summer.

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