Nosara Springs - Las Playas de Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Nosara Civic Association

APDO 1-5213   Bocas de Nosara

Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

(506) 682-0008

nosaracivicassociation@yahoo.com

www.nosaracivicassociation.com

NCA NEWSLETTER—Rainy Season 2006

RAINS

So far this rainy season, we have been lucky, but we still have September and October to look forward to. The people that live along the banks of the Nosara River are better prepared this year for any eventuality that may happen. Let’s hope that the rains continue, but within limits. 21.06” in July.

NCA MEMBERSHIP 2006-2007

Another year has gone by and it is again time for the renewal of NCA membership dues and community assessments. The NCA receives the vast majority of its income from membership dues, community service assessments and donations. NCA membership is $50 per year for one person and $85 per year for two. Your annual voluntary community service, environmental, and legal assessment is $125 for the first lot and $25 each additional lot. By being a member you are showing your support for our community. This money is used to fulfill our long-standing commitment to our community and our quality of life.


The mission of the Nosara Civic Association is to preserve the total environment of the Beaches of Nosara by protecting against improper use of its assets, careless pollution and irresponsible development. The NCA promotes an understanding of the environment and careful community development through advocacy, conflict resolution and dissemination of information.

This mission encompasses protection of the entire environment, as dictated by the by-laws of the association, against improper use of the area’s assets through careless pollution and irresponsible development. We consider the flora and fauna major factors in our total quality of life, which is what has attracted the majority of us to the area. We also recognize the need to protect individual properties from squatters, noise and light pollution and development concerns as they affect neighbors and the natural resources, as well as protecting the 175 hectáres of “Parklands”. At times, this includes involvement in legal actions. We remain vigilant and realize we must be prepared for any future legal issues that may arise.

Lastly, the NCA cooperates in the maintenance of the airport, police assistance, assistance for the garbage dump, emergency road repair and provides humanitarian aid.

One does not need to be a property owner to become a member of the NCA, just someone who loves Nosara.

Don’t forget the benefit of the discounted group rate for medical insurance that members receive.

Your prompt payment of the enclosed is appreciated, as is your support for Nosara.


Annual dues and assessment payments do not include payment of your municipal taxes.
Nicoya does not send tax bills to owners. It is your responsibility to make sure that your taxes are current. Please contact us if you need help with this process.

Payment may be paid by check or transfer to Banco Nacional bank account #200-002—013-000835-1. Please put your lot # in “concepto”.

ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING

The Annual General Assembly Meeting of the NCA will be held January 23, 2007at 9:00 am at the NCA office, located in the Amigos’ building being used by the NCA and the water company. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending. The main item on the agenda will be the election of a new Board of Directors of the NCA for a one year term. If you are unable to attend the meeting and will be in Nosara some time before this date, you can give your proxy to another member. Proxies are available at the office or from any current board member. If you are outside of Costa Rica, you must have a proxy notarized by a Costa Rican Consulate. Any member in good standing is more than welcome to run for the board, so don’t forget to join now. It is a thankless job, but one that needs doing. New officers take over April 2007.

AGM JANUARY 23, 2007-9:00 am

Informational meeting January 16, 2007-9:00 am

Your participation is important

THE NCA CARES-SO SHOULD YOU

New features continue to be added periodically. The Nosara phonebook is there, white, yellow and blue pages. Please send corrections to the webmaster via the contacts page. We are in the process of adding a "discussion forum" and a "community calendar" as well as a way to manage your own telephone and member business contact information. Later we'll be adding advertising banners. Please send an email to NosaraCivicAssociation@yahoo.com so that you may be included when we send regular informational mailings to NCA owners.

LEGAL REPORT

Parklands Dispute-The legal actions initiated by Richmond Phipps for seven of the NCA Parklands and 38 private properties in 2004 are still in the courts. The next court date is June 2007.

The NCA is in the process of having all the Parklands surveyed to establish the boundaries and to investigate Parkland encroachments.

Michael Sandweg-For some strange reason the third appellate court ruled in favor of Michael Sandweg, determining that he was an “employee” of the NCA, even though we had a contract signed by Michael stating otherwise and after the two previous courts ruled in favor of the NCA.  The NCA will end up paying more than $30,000 to his estate and the social security system and this does not include the attorney’s fees.

Gas Station-The department of Humedales (wetlands) of MINAE has declared the area where the gas station has been built is a Humedal. The decision will be appealed, no doubt.

John Fraser-John has claimed that the Hotel Playas de Nosara was forced to cancel all reservations and close the hotel because the NCA removed his directional signs from NCA Parklands. John is suing for the destruction of his signs.

THE WATER COMPANY

A well (with water) has been dug in Section EE. It should be operational shortly. There are plans for another well and tank in EE to service only Section K, the area most affected by water outages and another well in Section A, just to be on top of things to come. Please participate in your water company. Become a member today.

RAINY SEASON - OCTOBER

“What rainy season?” is what this was going to say, but October made up for the lack of rain in prior months. We had over 45”, 13” in one day! Fortunately, there was no major flooding, like last year. Unfortunately, the ground couldn’t absorb all of it and replenish the aquifer. Most of it just washed away.  We are going to be in trouble in March, so start conserving now for the dry season.

Biologists say that Olive Ridley turtle eggs are adversely affected by the lack of rain. They do not get cooled enough and therefore do not develop.

MARBELLA IS BACK!

For over 20 years the NCA has fought and thought it had won the case against the Marbella Corporation, which wishes to build a 250-unit hotel on Playa Guiones. Recently, the Municipality of Nicoya, in an illegal extraordinary meeting, granted Marbella nine years and six days to pursue its concession within the refuge. Fortunately, the Environmental Prosecutor of Costa Rica is fighting this decision with the support of the NCA.

CRIME REPORT

Unfortunately, crime is up again. There have been numerous house robberies and car break-ins. If you are a victim of a crime, please report it to the police. In order for us to receive the government help we need, we must be able to “prove” we are victims. Be smart with your valuables. Take note of suspicious people, note license plate numbers. Discussions with private security companies have started. The police have nothing further to report about the Carl Brainard murder in July.

CURRENT NCA PROJECTS  The NCA is:

1. having all the Parklands surveyed to determine the boundaries and to prevent possible encroachment.

2. drawing up plans for foot paths within the Parklands.

3. working with Coca Cola, MINAE, the local schools and businesses to present educational programs about recycling. “Every litter bit hurts.”

4. working with MINAE to implement the regulatory plan for the Refuge.

5. working with the municipality of Nicoya and INVU (the governmental zoning institution) to implement a regulatory plan for Nosara. (Hopefully, this would establish regulations in various areas, such as; height restrictions, density, usable areas, sewage, tree cutting, filling, excavation, road “taking”, property encroachment etc.)

6. working with business owners to standardize road signage and eliminate the current “sign pollution”.

7. contributing for major repairs in hazardous areas on the roads.

8. assisting local schools with their computer centers and various other projects.

9.  coordinating with foreign volunteers.

ANOTHER BLOW TO THE NCA

The Michael Sandweg case continues. As reported before, Michael won his appeal against two previous court decisions that ruled in favor of the NCA and it had to pay almost $13,000 to his estate. Additionally, we will have to pay another $13,000 to the Caja (the Costa Rican Social Security System) and it seems that there may be some other institutions lurking in the background, waiting for their money.

 MORE DEVELOPMENTS ARE COMING TO NOSARA

More and more developers are coming into Nosara and they have big plans. There are currently five condominium projects either under construction or on the drawing board; a new 24 unit hotel and we currently have two malls with three more in the works. This does not include new cabinas, new businesses nor new homes. Lots are being divided into as small as 135 square meters (about 1450 square feet). This density is of concern to both the NCA and the water company. Many, if not all trees, are being cut on lots and this adversely affects the flora and fauna and our water table. How can the area support such density?

Unfortunately, the NCA has no regulatory authority or zoning powers. The ASADA has been forced to put a moratorium on new water hook-ups in Section K as current building is affecting the ability to provide to existing customers with potable water. A new well in Section EE should help alleviate this problem and the ASADA is as searching for a location for a well and tank in K. Some people are resorting to putting in private wells to circumvent the water problem, which in turn will also affect our supply of water.

 GARBAGE

As repeatedly mentioned, garbage is a worldwide problem which affects us all. The NCA is working with the Coca Cola Company and the local schools to promote recycling in the area. Regular pick-ups are now scheduled for the collection of plastics. All we need now is a central station.

The Mico Empresa para el Saneamiento Ambiental de Nosara (our trash collection company) has employees at the dump that separate our trash. They have companies from San Jose who collect the plastics, aluminum cans and glass. Life would be much easier for them if we save up our recyclables to fill a big bag and then put it out. Remember, each small plastic bag with only two beer cans is more trash. The concrete culverts with a strong metal lid seem to working as the best trash receptacles as they are “animal-proof”.

The monthly fee for garbage collection is $10 per month, for eight pick-ups a month-a small price to pay. Why not pay a year in advance and be done with it?

Concerns are arising over the new developments that are taking place in the area. We have mega projects in Garza, Esperanza, San Juan, the road to Ostional and other areas. We are looking at possible health hazards and environmental contamination. How can the “dump” handle all this without control and help?

WHY THE BOMBA OPPOSITION?

Many people ask “why isn’t the new gas station operating?” Good question. The opposition is against the location, not the gas station itself. We all know that this service is very much needed here. The opposition exists because the land where the bomba now sits is a “humedal” (wetland) and when the floods come (which they eventually will) this area will be underwater and there will be disastrous affects to the Rio Nosara, the Ostional Refuge and our water system. The damage will be irreversible. Nosara is famous for its wildlife, beaches and the Refuge. If there were to be an accident, all would be lost and there would be no taking back of the destruction it would cause.

 
NOSARA TOWN ASSOCIATION

The Nosara Town Association had two fiestas this year and is now giving the monies they collected back to the community. It has donated to all the local schools, the library, had the road between town and the “project” grated two times and is now fencing the soccer field and they still have funds. Congratulations to the board for a job well done.

 
These business members support the NCA

and

the NCA supports these businesses

BOCAS TOURS

CAFÉ DE PARIS

CASA ROMANTICA

CASA TORTUGA

CENTURY 21

COCONUT HARRY'S SURF SHOP

CONCH TICO REALTY

CONDOMINIOS CANADADIENSE

CORKY'S SURFSCHOOL

DEL MAR REALTY

GECKO ARCHITECTURE

GIARDINO TROPICALE

GILDED IGUANA

GUNTER'S QUADS

HARBOR REEF LODGE

HARMONY HOTEL

HOTEL PLUMERIAS DEL MAR

LAGARTA LODGE

LET'S GO NOSARA

MILESTONE DEVELOPMENT

NOSARA BEACH RENTALS

NOSARA BEACH VILLAS

NOSARA HOME RENTALS

NOSARA REAL ESTATE

NOSARA SURF SHOP

NOSARA TRAVEL

NOSARA YOGA INSTITUTE

PACIFIC LEGAL

PATOS CLUB

RANCHO SUIZO

ROBIN'S ICE CREAM

SOUL ARCH PHOTOGRAPHY

TICA MASSAGE/NOSARA WORKOUT

VILLA MANGO B&B

VISTADEL MAR LODGE

WANDERLUST REALTY

 

Thanks to all individual NCA members as well, of which there are more than 200. If you are not a member, please join today.
Nosara belongs to all of us.