Dorado, Puerto Rico
Dorado is a town and municipality in the northern coast of Puerto Rico, 15 miles west of San Juan and is located in the northern region of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Toa Alta, east of Vega Alta, west of Toa Baja. Dorado is spread over Dorado Pueblo; the town is regarded as a tourist destination with golf courses and beaches. However, many locals would dispute this claim, it is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Dorado Airport was operated from 1942 to 1996; the airport began as a military landing strip became a civilian airport in the 1960s with Caribair and Dorado Wings flights operating until 1980 and 1982 respectively. The airport operated as a private landing strip throughout the 1980s and fell into disrepair. In 1996, the airport was redeveloped. Dorado has upscale neighborhoods and a small downtown area with a plaza, as other Puerto Rican municipalities; the town's patron saint is Anthony of Padua, patron saint celebrations are held at the plaza every year on June 13.
During the early 18th Century, there were mentions of a "Sitio de Dorado" in some San Juan registers. Since the beginning of the Spanish colonial period and until 1831, Dorado existed as a barrio of the town of Toa Baja. Over several years, the ward grew and established its own town center called the "new pueblo" to differentiate itself from Toa Baja, which became known as the "old pueblo." Over several years, the wards that make up Dorado grew and the people of the "new pueblo" wanted to separate themselves from Toa Baja. On November 22, 1842, Jacinto López Martínez, the Sergeant at Arms for the ward of Dorado, petitioned the Spanish Governor of Puerto Rico, Santiago Méndez Vigo, to establish the municipality of Dorado; the governor authorized the founding of the town pending the construction of public works, including an administrative building and a church near the town square. In 1848, the construction of the public works were completed and López Martínez became the first mayor of Dorado.
When after the Treaty of Paris, the U. S. conducted its first census of Puerto Rico, the population of Dorado was 3,804. In 1902, four years after the Spanish–American War, Dorado was again appended to Toa Baja. However, in 1905 it regained its status as a separate town; the 2nd G7 summit was held at the Dorado Beach Resort between June 27 and 28, 1976. Much of Dorado's geology consists of alluvial and coastal/estuarine sediments of Quaternary age and limestones of Tertiary age; the limestones are in the south part of the municipality, in Espinosa and Rio Lajas Wards. These limestones exhibit mature karst topography of great beauty, it has been subjected to extensive quarrying. Some local communities have gathered efforts to minimize quarrying and improve land management to protect the remaining karst topography and the fauna and flora that lives in it; some of the rivers of Dorado are: Rivers: Río Cocal, Río Lajas, Río de la Plata, Río Nuevo. Mata Redonda lagoon Punta Fraile marsh Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Dorado is subdivided into wards called barrios and communities.
The following barrios are in Dorado: Espinosa Higuillar Maguayo Mameyal Dorado barrio-pueblo Río Lajas Dorado's climate is hot in the summer months and warm in the winter. Temperatures range around 60 °F to 80 °F in 75 °F to 95 °F in the summer. In recent years, Dorado has been known for its development of upscale neighborhoods. Several known politicians and artists own properties in the city. In the early 20th century the Rockefeller family purchased plots of land in the northwest region of the municipality of Dorado where they built a huge private vacation compound. Laurance Rockefeller would use this land to create Dorado Beach Hotel and Golf Club, which became the Dorado Beach Hyatt Hotel which closed in 2007. Dorado Beach Hotel became a Ritz Carlton hotel in 2012. Dorado has long been known as a golf haven, its tourist industry includes the Dorado Beach Resort, the Hyatt Hacienda del Mar, Embassy Suites in the Dorado Del Mar neighborhood. As of 2014 there are three operating golf courses in the municipality, the Dorado Beach East Course, the Plantation Sugarcane Course and the Plantation Pineapple Course.
The Dorado del Mar course closed in 2014. Some of the places to visit in Dorado are located downtown. For example, the Museum Casa del Rey is the house built in most towns controlled by Spain during their colonization, intended for the King and Queen to stay if they visited; the museum includes several artifacts from the era. There's the Distinguished Doradeños Plaza, the Juan Boria Theater; the last one was reopened after a long period of restoration. Some of the most visited beaches in Dorado are Sardinera, Kikita and El Unico are other beaches frequented by surfers; the Ojo del Buey Park is a park located at the base level of the La Plata River. The name comes from a rock formation. Dorado has a church called the Sanctuary of Christ of the Reconciliation, that has the third largest statue of Jesus Christ in the Caribbean, inside its temple. Dorado's Fiestas Patronales are held in June. Other traditional festivals held at the city are "El Carnaval del Plata", celebrated in the beginning of February and the "Cocolía" Festival, celebrated in the end of June/beginning of August, etc.
Dorado has their own Dou
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U. S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy; the Census Bureau is part of the U. S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States; the Census Bureau's primary mission is conducting the U. S. Census every ten years, which allocates the seats of the U. S. House of Representatives to the states based on their population; the Bureau's various censuses and surveys help allocate over $400 billion in federal funds every year and it helps states, local communities, businesses make informed decisions. The information provided by the census informs decisions on where to build and maintain schools, transportation infrastructure, police and fire departments. In addition to the decennial census, the Census Bureau continually conducts dozens of other censuses and surveys, including the American Community Survey, the U. S. Economic Census, the Current Population Survey.
Furthermore and foreign trade indicators released by the federal government contain data produced by the Census Bureau. Article One of the United States Constitution directs the population be enumerated at least once every ten years and the resulting counts used to set the number of members from each state in the House of Representatives and, by extension, in the Electoral College; the Census Bureau now conducts a full population count every 10 years in years ending with a zero and uses the term "decennial" to describe the operation. Between censuses, the Census Bureau makes population projections. In addition, Census data directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education and more; the Census Bureau is mandated with fulfilling these obligations: the collecting of statistics about the nation, its people, economy. The Census Bureau's legal authority is codified in Title 13 of the United States Code.
The Census Bureau conducts surveys on behalf of various federal government and local government agencies on topics such as employment, health, consumer expenditures, housing. Within the bureau, these are known as "demographic surveys" and are conducted perpetually between and during decennial population counts; the Census Bureau conducts economic surveys of manufacturing, retail and other establishments and of domestic governments. Between 1790 and 1840, the census was taken by marshals of the judicial districts; the Census Act of 1840 established a central office. Several acts followed that revised and authorized new censuses at the 10-year intervals. In 1902, the temporary Census Office was moved under the Department of Interior, in 1903 it was renamed the Census Bureau under the new Department of Commerce and Labor; the department was intended to consolidate overlapping statistical agencies, but Census Bureau officials were hindered by their subordinate role in the department. An act in 1920 changed the date and authorized manufacturing censuses every two years and agriculture censuses every 10 years.
In 1929, a bill was passed mandating the House of Representatives be reapportioned based on the results of the 1930 Census. In 1954, various acts were codified into Title 13 of the US Code. By law, the Census Bureau must count everyone and submit state population totals to the U. S. President by December 31 of any year ending in a zero. States within the Union receive the results in the spring of the following year; the United States Census Bureau defines four statistical regions, with nine divisions. The Census Bureau regions are "widely used...for data collection and analysis". The Census Bureau definition is pervasive. Regional divisions used by the United States Census Bureau: Region 1: Northeast Division 1: New England Division 2: Mid-Atlantic Region 2: Midwest Division 3: East North Central Division 4: West North Central Region 3: South Division 5: South Atlantic Division 6: East South Central Division 7: West South Central Region 4: West Division 8: Mountain Division 9: Pacific Many federal, state and tribal governments use census data to: Decide the location of new housing and public facilities, Examine the demographic characteristics of communities and the US, Plan transportation systems and roadways, Determine quotas and creation of police and fire precincts, Create localized areas for elections, utilities, etc.
Gathers population information every 10 years The United States Census Bureau is committed to confidentiality, guarantees non-disclosure of any addresses or personal information related to individuals or establishments. Title 13 of the U. S. Code establishes penalties for the disclosure of this information. All Census employees must sign an affidavit of non-disclosure prior to employment; the Bureau cannot share responses, addresses or personal information with anyone including United States or foreign government
Coamo, Puerto Rico
Coamo is a municipality founded 1579 in the south-central region of Puerto Rico, located north of Santa Isabel. Coamo is spread over 10 wards and Coamo Pueblo – the downtown area and the administrative center of the city, it is both a principal city of the Coamo Micropolitan Statistical Area and the Ponce-Yauco-Coamo Combined Statistical Area. Coamo is a small town nestled in a valley about 10 miles east of Ponce, it was named "San Blas Illescas de Coamo" by its first settlers. Saint Blaise was the Catholic saint. Illescas is the Spanish town. There are several theories regarding the origin of the word "Coamo"; some think it comes from an indigenous word that means "valley" but it is plausible that Coamo derives its name from Coamex, a celebrated local cacique. Archeological digs near the region have produced some of the best examples of the island's pre-Columbian cultural artifacts. Coamo has a series of Los Baños de Coamo; the Battle of Coamo was a decisive battle of the Spanish–American War. Founded on July 15, 1579, Coamo is the third-oldest settlement of the island's post-Columbian period.
By 1582, there were twenty families living in Coamo, in the same area where the Tainos had had their village of Guayama. Coamo became a town in 1616, was given the title of "Villa" by Spanish Royal Decree in 1778. Coamo was the administrative center that encompassed most of the southern half of the island during the early colonial period; as the agricultural and sugar industries grew and became the mainstays of the colony's economy, the province would subdivide into several distinct municipalities, the administrative center of the region would shift west to the coastal town of Ponce. Coamo is the home of a series of natural hot springs, Los Baños de Coamo, which have attracted visitors since before the Spaniards landed; these springs were once rumored to have been Juan Ponce de León's legendary "fountain of youth". In the early nineteenth century, a system of pools of varying depths and temperatures was constructed at the site of these springs to serve as a spa for the colonials. During the North American invasion in the Spanish–American War, this site was the scene of one of the decisive battles of that conflict.
The American troops took possession of the island, the spa was subsequently abandoned. Though the site lay in ruins for most of the twentieth century, it continued to be a landmark to the Coameños, who would go to bathe in its healing thermal waters; the pools remain, but the old buildings which once hosted the island's affluent and colonial soldiers are gone, except for the remains of one central wall structure, preserved and incorporated into a fountain courtyard on the grounds of a popular tourist hotel and rest stop which has replaced the ancient Spanish ruins. Some of its notable people include: Lely Burgos, Olympic athlete, Bobby Capó, composer Felipe Rivera Ortiz, painter/professor - Winner of a Lorenzo il Magnifico Award / X Florence Biennale, Italy Margarita Nolasco and Vice-President of the Senate of Puerto Rico Antonio García Padilla, former President of the University of Puerto Rico Jose Garriga Pico, former senator Willie Rosario Alejandro García Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico Jose "Willie" Rodriguez Dejesus Escalante, musician Coamo is located in the South Central region of Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017 triggered numerous landslides in Coamo with the significant amount of rain that fell. Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Coamo is subdivided into barrios. Coamo Arriba Coamo barrio-pueblo Cuyón Hayales Los Llanos Palmarejo Pasto Pedro García Pulguillas San Ildefonso Santa Catalina Coamo is an agricultural center where mangoes, guanabanas, quenepas, avocados and plantains are grown, where poultry and cattle are raised. Coamo is a trading center for machinery, aircraft radio components, clothing; some of the landmarks of Coamo are: Los Baños de Coamo – near the Santa Isabel border Historic Museum Church San Blas de Illescas of Coamo, construction on the church began in 1661 and is one of the oldest parish on the island. Coamo hosts several annual events: Patron Festivities - February San Blas Half-Marathon - February Flower Carnival - May Yuca Carnival - August Juey Carnival - October Bomba & Plena Festival - November Coamo is famous for being the host of the San Blas Half-Marathon, a yearly world-class professional marathon that attracts the best competitive runners in the world.
It was inaugurated in 1963 by Delta Phi Delta Fraternity in honor to the founder of the town. World-class international and local runners compete in a 13.1094-mile half-maratIt is Puerto Rico's biggest race, the crowds are always large. The Maratonistas de Coamo is the only professional team; the team has played in Coamo with mixed success since joining the league in 1985. All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years; the current mayor of Coamo is Juan Carlos García Padilla, of the Popular Democratic Party. He was elected at the 2000 general elections; the city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district VI, represented by two Senators. In 2012, Miguel Pereira Castillo and Angel M. R
Cidra, Puerto Rico
Cidra is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central region of the island, north of Cayey. Cidra is spread over Cidra Pueblo, it is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area. Cidra is known as "El Pueblo de la Eterna Primavera" and "El Pueblo de la Paloma Sabanera"; the region of what is now Cidra belonged to the Taíno region of Cubuy, which covered a portion of the center of Puerto Rico, towards the East coast. The region was led by cacique Caguax. There are not many records. However, it is believed that around 1795, a Catalan named Frujols built a hermitage or shrine around which a small village settled; the settlement became a ward of Cayey, until 1807 when the residents gave the power to Victoriano de Rivera to ask the Governor for permission to found an independent town. In 1809, a landowner known as Bibiana Vázquez donated the land needed for the foundation, Governor Salvador Meléndez approved the petition. Victoriano de Rivera was appointed to lead the town, but he was replaced by Wenceslao Vázquez due to illness.
At the time of its foundation, Cidra had 11 huts. It is believed that its name is derived from the citron fruit, cultivated in the region. During the years following its foundation, a church and city hall were built. By 1822, there were two public schools in town. Two years a road communicating the town with Caguas was opened. In 1868, the population of Cidra was more than 5,000 residents, which included European immigrants and slaves; when after the Treaty of Paris, the U. S. conducted its first census of Puerto Rico, the population of Cidra was 7,552. In 1902, the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico approved a law for the consolidation of certain municipalities; as a result, Cidra was again incorporated to the town of Cayey. However, in 1905 a new law revoked the previous one, turning Cidra into an independent municipality again. Cidra is located at the top of a hill in the eastern part of the Cordillera Central, it is bordered by the municipalities of Aguas Buenas, Cayey and Comerío. Cidra is a small municipality.
Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017 triggered numerous landslides in Cidra with the significant amount of rain that fell. Cidra's hydrographic system consists of the Lake Cidra reservoir, located in the municipality; the reservoir, built in 1946, provides water to several areas in the island. There are several rivers and creeks that cross the town like Arroyata, Bayamón, Río de la Plata; the town is known for being the nesting place of the paloma sabanera. The bird, at risk of extinction, is found in the town of Cidra and other nearby towns. Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Cidra is subdivided into barrios. Although Cidra is not known as a tourist main stop, it features several places of interest to visit; the town center features historic places like Nuestra Señora del Carmen Parish and the Iberia Theater, both built during the first half of the 20th Century. In the outskirts of the town, tourists can visit Lake Perico's Waterfalls. Frog's Rock and Hamacas Bridge are landmarks visited by tourists.
The economy of Cidra has relied on agriculture coffee and minor fruits. Cattle ranching is a source of economy in the town. In recent years and clothing industries have become participants of the economy of Cidra. A number of cultural events take place during the year, most prominently: February — Myrna Vázquez Week July — Patron Saint's Day Festival November — Paloma Sabanera Festival There are a number of churches and chapels from several denominations in Cidra; the main parish, Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Carmen, was established in 1813. The original structure was destroyed by earthquakes in the 1860s, but rebuilt by 1952. Cidra's patron saint is the Virgin Mary, its festivities are held each July. In front of the town square is the First Baptist Church, established by American missionary Edgar Humphrey in 1903; the original wood structure was destroyed in 1928 by San Felipe Hurricane, but rebuilt in concrete and zinc. Cidra doesn't have a professional sports team. However, they have a successful amateur team, Bravos de Cidra, that participates in the Puerto Rican Amateur Baseball Federation.
The Bravos team has won nine championships, as of 2014, are en route to win their third consecutive one. The main baseball facility is the Jesús María Freire Stadium. Cidra is the birthplace of several important figures in the Puerto Rican sports scene; some of them are former MLB players Luis Rivera and Luis López, as well as former coach of the Puerto Rico men's national basketball team Flor Meléndez. Boxer José Pedraza was born in Cidra. Pura Belpré Vicente Carattini - Singer and Composer of Puerto Rican Christmas related songs Isabel Freire de Matos - was a writer, educator and activist for Puerto Rican independence Antonio Torres Pérez - Actor and Comedian Ruth Evelyn Cruz - Writer and Poet Felito Félix - Singer Carmen Navarro Barros - Public Librarian, they called "La bibliotecaria del pueblo", she wrote several information about the story of Cidra. The population of Cidra increased during the 20th Century. Since 1899, the population has risen more than 200%. According to the 2010 census, the municipality has 43,480 inhabitants
Urban design is the process of designing and shaping the physical features of cities and villages and planning for the provision of municipal services to residents and visitors. In contrast to architecture, which focuses on the design of individual buildings, urban design deals with the larger scale of groups of buildings and public spaces, whole neighborhoods and districts, entire cities, with the goal of making urban areas functional and sustainable. Urban design is an inter-disciplinary field that utilizes elements of many built environment professions, including landscape architecture, urban planning, civil engineering and municipal engineering, it is common for professionals in all these disciplines to practice urban design. In more recent times different sub-subfields of urban design have emerged such as strategic urban design, landscape urbanism, water-sensitive urban design, sustainable urbanism. Urban design demands an understanding of a wide range of subjects from physical geography to social science, an appreciation for disciplines, such as real estate development, urban economics, political economy and social theory.
Urban design is about making connections between people and places and urban form and the built fabric. Urban design draws together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity. Urban design draws these and other strands together creating a vision for an area and deploying the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life. Urban design theory deals with the design and management of public space, the way public places are experienced and used. Public space includes the totality of spaces used on a day-to-day basis by the general public, such as streets, plazas and public infrastructure; some aspects of owned spaces, such as building facades or domestic gardens contribute to public space and are therefore considered by urban design theory. Important writers on urban design theory include Christopher Alexander, Peter Calthorpe, Gordon Cullen, Andres Duany, Jane Jacobs, Mitchell Joachim, Jan Gehl, Allan B.
Jacobs, Kevin Lynch, Aldo Rossi, Colin Rowe, Robert Venturi, William H. Whyte, Camillo Sitte, Bill Hillier and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Although contemporary professional use of the term'urban design' dates from the mid-20th century, urban design as such has been practiced throughout history. Ancient examples of planned and designed cities exist in Asia, Africa and the Americas, are well known within Classical Chinese and Greek cultures. European Medieval cities are and erroneously, regarded as exemplars of undesigned or'organic' city development. There are many examples of considered urban design in the Middle Ages. In England, many of the towns listed in the 9th century Burghal Hidage were designed on a grid, examples including Southampton, Wareham and Wallingford, having been created to provide a defensive network against Danish invaders. 12th century western Europe brought renewed focus on urbanisation as a means of stimulating economic growth and generating revenue. The burgage system dating from that time and its associated burgage plots brought a form of self-organising design to medieval towns.
Rectangular grids were used in the Bastides of 13th and 14th century Gascony, the new towns of England created in the same period. Throughout history, design of streets and deliberate configuration of public spaces with buildings have reflected contemporaneous social norms or philosophical and religious beliefs, yet the link between designed urban space and human mind appears to be bidirectional. Indeed, the reverse impact of urban structure upon human behaviour and upon thought is evidenced by both observational study and historical record. There are clear indications of impact through Renaissance urban design on the thought of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei. René Descartes in his Discourse on the Method had attested to the impact Renaissance planned new towns had upon his own thought, much evidence exists that the Renaissance streetscape was the perceptual stimulus that had led to the development of coordinate geometry; the beginnings of modern urban design in Europe are associated with the Renaissance but with the Age of Enlightenment.
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Cataño, Puerto Rico
Cataño is a municipality located on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent to the north and east by San Juan. Cataño is spread over Cataño Pueblo, it is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area. Hernando de Cataño was chosen to offer his medical services in Puerto Rico during Francisco Bahamonde de Lugo's tenure as Governor of Puerto Rico, he was one of the first physicians who arrived in Puerto Rico during its colonization and, upon accepting his position, received as payment a piece of land across the San Juan islet. From that time, the region started to be recognized by the name of its original owner; as people started establishing in the area, Cataño was declared as a barrio of Bayamón. However, there wasn't much success in the town's development during these years due to its swamp-like terrain. Still, around 1690, a hermitage was established to allow residents to receive religious services without having to travel to Bayamón.
In the middle of the 19th century, a transport company was founded to facilitate the transportation of merchandise and passengers through the San Juan Bay. This spurred a growth in the population of Cataño, transforming it into one of the most prosperous barrios of Bayamón. Still, attempts to separate themselves from Bayamón in 1839 were unsuccessful. On June 26, 1893, Bishop Antonio Puig y Montserrat separated the barrios of Cataño, Palo Seco, Palmas from Bayamón's parish and established an independent parish for the residents of these sectors. In 1927, Cataño was declared a municipality with the name "Hato de Palmas de Cataño", shortened to Cataño. Politics played a crucial part in the foundation of the town, since Bayamón was controlled by an administration with opposing ideologies to those of the island's Legislature; the separation of Cataño from Bayamón was a strategy to weaken that opposition. With only five square miles of territory, Cataño is the smallest municipality in Puerto Rico.
It is less than half the size of the next-smallest in area. The flag consists of nine horizontal stripes: five white stripes. A white and green band traverses diagonally the drape in all its extension, from the upper hoist to the lower fly; the green color represents the palm trees that are present in the coat of arms. The flag was adopted during José Alvarez Brunet tenure as mayor on September 5, 1974; the coat of arms of Cataño consists of nine horizontal stripes of same the width: four blue and five silver. The colors of the coat and the flag represent the coat of arms of the family of Don Hernando de Cataño, an Hidalgo to whom the town owes its name; the color silver represents the color blue was used by hidalgos on their armories. It symbolizes serenity. On top of the coat of arms, there's a crown with three towers distinct of others coat of arms; the coat itself is surrounded by two green palm trees, an allusion to one of the original names of the town: Hato de las Palmas de Cataño. Aside of its name, derived from its original owner, Cataño has several nicknames.
The city is known as "La Antesala de la Capital" because of its location across the bay from the capital-city of San Juan. In the 1960s, the residents of Cataño jokingly called it "Fanguito Town" because of its many muddy streets. Cataño consists of flat plains that belong to the Northern region of Puerto Rico, its northern shore falls on the San Juan Bay of the Atlantic Ocean. Located in Cataño are a number of rivers, streams and unnamed creeks, channels including: Caño La Malaria Río de Bayamón Río Hondo Cataño is divided into two districts: Cataño barrio-pueblo, Palmas; the Palmas district includes the following communities: One of the main tourist attractions in Cataño is the boardwalk or "Tablado" that commands a view of the San Juan Bay, including views of Fort San Felipe del Morro on the opposing side. There are several monuments and sculptures along the boardwalk, including a monument to Taíno culture called "India Taína"; the Bacardi Distillery offers tours of its facilities to visitors that want to see and learn about the rum manufacturing industry in the island and the Caribbean.
The town gained notoriety in 1998, when Mayor Edwin Rivera Sierra traveled to Russia and acquired a huge statue of Christopher Columbus called "Birth of the New World". The statue Columbus by Tsereteli was designed by artist Zurab Tsereteli and would measure 350 feet when erected. Tsereteli had offered the statue to the United States as a gift in 1992 with the intention to use it for the celebrations of the 500th year of its voyage. However, the United States rejected it; the transportation of the statue from Russia to Cataño cost $2.4 million. After arriving on the island, the 2,700 bronze pieces of the statue were scattered in a terrain awaiting for funds for the project, but Rivera Sierra was unable to garner enough public support and funding for it; the statue resides in Arecibo. Cataño has a number of professional sports teams, there are several important sports facilities located in the town, including the Perucho Cepeda Stadium, the Pedro Rodríguez Gaya Boxing Coliseum, the Cosme Beitía Salamo Coliseum.
Due to its location, Cataño has always played an important role as a port to the island. Fishing has been a main source of economy for centuries. Bacardi, one of the largest rum manufacturers of the world, has a distillery in Ca