The project consists of a 50 million dollar hotel complex beachfront that is stated to be take over 121acres of land out of the 150 acres land that playuela consists of. The hotel consists of 300 hotel rooms, a 17,000 square-foot casino, a 160 condo-hotel, 240 apartments, and affect nearly 4000 feet of beaches that include “punta borinquen”, Wishing Well, Wilderness, “El Mix”, and Pressure Point. The Conflict arises from the fact that Puerto Rico now has small amount of unspoiled undeveloped land which needs to be protected and leave it accessible to anyone and everyone. And secondly and of equal importance is the biodiversity that inhabits the are from endangered coral reef to turtles that nest there to to Puerto Rico’s own endemic boa snake. The establishment of the Christopher Columbus Landing Resort would dramatically alter the ecological balance and appreciation promoted by the surfing community. “This [project] will demoralize its surroundings and the community of Playuela not only spiritually, but even psychologically... it will lose its beauty and splendor just to be replaced by a concrete structure for the rich,” expressed a surfing neighbor, who didn't want his name disclosed, of the Playuela community. The community of La Playuela also contains two sites of archeological importance identified by the State Department of Puerto Rico and the Culture Institute of Puerto Rico. In 1979, the archaeologist Luis Ortiz Sepulveda described a “small cave on a rocky area with rock art,” and he suggested a more profound investigation. “To date, it is the only known example of petroglyphs in the town of Aguadilla. The second one is an area next to the petroglyphs containing small ceramic pieces and coral bits in the last recorded inventory done of the area. In a recent survey conducted by Asociación Estudiantil de Ciencias Marinas (AECIMA) at UPRM, they found that in the area of Peña Blanca and El Mix, there is a rich marine environment that houses three endangered coral species including the Elkhorn coral and multiple reef building corals”. “Along with the corals some animal species such as the nurse shark, hawksbill turtle, rays, and sea urchins. According to neighbors in the area, another endangered species, manatees, have been sighted in the area. The project was halted in 1999 due to environmental and ecological reasons”. All that seems to have been forgotten given that it is restarted and has faced opposition from locals, professors, and surfers alike.