The Disaster Begins: the city of Toa Baja shuts down in Puerto Rico


The first domino has fallen. On November 7, the city of Toa Baja officially shut down. There is no local government, no government services, and the only remaining employees – the police – are now working without pay.

If the police stop working…then chaos will consume the city of Toa Baja.


The first sign of disaster came from the mayor himself.

When Anibal Vega Borges lost the primary election on June 5, 2016, he wasted no time in abandoning his sinking ship.

Mayor Borges says goodbye…before all hell breaks loose

Just eighteen days later, Borges announced his immediate retirement and an interim mayor – Jorge Ortíz – was appointed until December 31, 2016.

And then a hellish chronology unfolded…

August 2016

A few weeks later in August, the Toa Baja municipal hospital (Centro de Diagnostico y Tratamiento – CDT) is put up for sale in…

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