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Ubud's Hanging Garden Still Dangling in the Wind

Still Lacking a Complete Operating Permit, Ubud Hanging Garden Spotlighted by Gianyar, Bali Lawmakers.

(6/19/2011) The problems of the boutique hotel Ubud Hanging Gardens and that property's failure to formally extend their operating permits, is again in the news as regional House of Representatives (DPRD-Gianyar) members are busily discussing how to handle what appears to be an impasse between the hotel's owners and its management.

On Tuesday, June 14, 2011, a discussion of the licensing problem got bogged down as legislators who once recommended the closure of the hotel be lifted, are now considering what alternatives may be available.

In the latest meeting of Commission A of  DPRD-Gianyar, lawmakers are declaring their tolerance is at an end, calling for the luxury hotel's operations to be frozen if, by July 10, 2011, the Ubud Hanging Garden does not have it operational permits in order.

According to the Bali Post, the chairman of Commission A of the DPRD-Gianyar, I Gusti Ngurah Purbaya, said he hoped that the hotel's management would manage to end the impasse with their owners which is apparently preventing the operating permits from being extended.

Purbaya said that while earlier meetings were dedicated to trying to understand the problem, now that the various facts surround the licensing of the hotel are known, legislators are urging mediation between the management and the owners so the problem can be settled once and for all.

No doubt embarrassing to the Gianyar regent and legislative officials trying to enforce the rules on hotel and permits, is the fact that by the regent's own admissions, 97% of the hotel, restaurants and villas operating in Gianyar lack proper operating licenses.

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