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By Andrew Willis, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The island of Ilha Grande (Big Island) is a rustic gem off the Costa Verde (Green Coast), roughly three hours drive south of Rio de Janeiro city, and is a popular destination for both Brazilian and international tourists. Now government plans to privatize nineteen of the island's beaches have sparked indignation among residents living on the tropical island, as well as the international community.

The privatization plans originate from the State of Rio de Janeiro, and are almost universally opposed by island residents, said Nelson Palma in a telephone interview . . .

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