I read this on the NoonSite forum and thought it worth passing the information along:
Cruisers met yesterday, October 5, 2015, to discuss disputed Harbor Fees
that are meant to be levied against commercial shipping
in the Dominican Republic's commercial
harbors. The fees
are being applied to sailboats. And Luperon is not officially declared a commercial harbor in government
Cruisers who attended the meeting were surprised when three armed security
guards showed up. “A blatant attempt to intimidate us!” one cruiser shouted.
In a letter to the group, Lloyd's Surveyor
, Danny Weston, stated, “one has to ask why Luperon is the only harbor in the country that charges these fees.”
A representative of the Ministry of Tourism agreed to represent the cruisers, but returned after a short meeting with Harbor Authority officials with the glum news that starting on October 6, 2015, they would begin confiscating sailboats and selling them at auction
One can only conclude that Luperon DR remains an inhospitable stop on the way south and should be avoided if possible.