I’m going to “switch gears” and write about what I consider to be a moral, rather than a legal issue.  I have long commented that Multiplaza (Escazú) Shopping Mall must be virtually the only suburban shopping mall, as opposed to an inner city shopping mall, which charges customers for parking private vehicles.

Until recently, the paid parking has been limited to underground, or covered parking.

I have now noticed parking ticket dispensing machines have been located at all parking lot entrances on the Multiplaza property and they will obviously be put into operation shortly. When this happens, any customer who arrives in a private vehicle to shop at Multiplaza will be forced to pay for parking.

This will undoubtedly lead to chaos on the streets immediately surrounding Multiplaza, with the majority of shopping mall patrons looking for opportunities to park without paying. This is clear from the efforts made to date by patrons to avoid parking in the existing paid parking areas of the shopping mall (parking on sidewalks, blocking emergency vehicle access, etc.).

If I was a tenant of Multiplaza, paying the exorbitant rents that are levied by the landlord, I would be outraged  at the negative effect that this will have on my business at the shopping mall, especially if the Municipality of Escazú puts additional parking controls in effect for on-street parking in the vicinity of the shopping mall. The Administration of Multiplaza Shopping Mall charging for patron parking at the shopping mall is nothing less than “greed gone wild” in my opinion.


To contact Attorney Rick Philps about hiring him as your Costa Rican Attorney, please use the following information: Lic. Rick Philps – Attorney at Law, Petersen & Philps, San Jose, Costa Rica Tel: 506-2288-4381, Ext. 102; Email: rphilps@plawcr.com Website: www.plawcr.com 


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Richard Philps
Attorney Richard (Rick) Philps is a Canadian citizen, naturalized as a citizen of Costa Rica. Rick practiced law in Victoria, B.C., Canada as a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, for fourteen years, prior to moving to Costa Rica in 1998. Rick then earned his Bachelor of Laws and Licensing Degrees (Civil Law), with Honours, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Notary and Registry Law, from the Metropolitana Castro Carazo and Escuela Libre de Derecho Universities, in San Jose. Rick is a member of the Costa Rica College of Lawyers, and practices law in Costa Rica in the areas of real estate and development, corporate, commercial, contract, immigration, and banking with the Law Firm of Petersen & Philps, located in Escazu, a western suburb of San Jose. To contact Attorney Rick Philps about hiring him as your Costa Rican Attorney, please use the following information: Lic. Rick Philps - Attorney at Law, Petersen & Philps, San Jose, Costa Rica Tel: 506-2288-4381, Ext. 102; Email: rick@costaricacanadalaw.com Website: www.costaricacanadalaw.com