I agree, you either have to be so rich or connected that you can call the mayor or city council and get right through (because of who you are) or you need to organize in such a way that... 1) The business or profit margin of businesses is effected, 2) People feel they're losing property value on their houses 3) Enough of a block is organized that there will be political repercussions to make someone look bad...there's a "moral threshold" that most people have, and the movement needs to reach a critical mass in terms of t.v. stories, in the newspapers...to the point where having such places actually hurts the CR (where tourists simply DON'T go, choosing elsewhere). From having lived in Colombia for a year, it takes decades to change a reputation of a country. Lots of Americans are retiring in Costa Rica, but the majority would never consider Colombia....civil war, unstable government (until recently), drug dealers, motorcycle assassins, kidnappings. However, after a certain area becomes too popular or hot and prices go TOO high, capital is always attracted to a slightly cheaper area...in this case, Hungary, Slovakia, etc. The same The problem, of course, is those people who draw lines of morality in a difference place below the "norms" of human behavior and propriety. I guarantee if 1/4th of those voting in the next mayoral or council election were organized and wanted a meeting to discuss their demands, action would be taken. The greatest power in a democracy is the threat to remove someone from office who is negligent or derelict in their duties. Yes, a challenge when bribes are paid, the police and church looks the other way, but someone has to try instead of ending up like Don Quixote.