Local news and opinion reaching the communities of nosara, samarA and Nicoya
Log in |
Return to homepage
home regional community sports entertainment surf nature health en Espa�ol English
December 09
January 2010
February 2010
Water Edition
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 10
October 10
November 10
December 10
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 11
October 11
November 11
December 11
January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
August 2012
September 12
October 12
November 12
December 12
January 13
February 13
March 13
April 13
May 13
  El Pais
  Inside Costa Rica
  Costa Spirit
  Q Costa Rica
  Today Costa Rica
  El Sabanero
  Nosara Animal Care
  Nosara Info
Esquelita de Nosara
  Friends of Nosara
  Nosara Civic Association
Ministry of Health Closed Nosara Police Station
Security Committee requests continued community support for police

By Arianna McKinney

The Nosara police suddenly found themselves with their hands tied on Thursday, April 14 when the Ministry of Health closed the entrance to the station and restricted them from receiving anyone in the building. Jose Mora Gomez, Nosara police chief, said they were given five working days to either appeal the decision or move out of the station completely. On Friday April 15, Marcos Avila, president of the Association of Development, went to Nicoya to meet with the Ministry of Health and asked for an extension. VON tried to contact Avila but was unable to reach him.

Although the Nicoya police chief was not personally available to comment, a representative from the Nicoya Police related that the Ministry of Health decided to give an extension of 10 days to complete repairs to the facility, and repairs should begin on Monday 18.

About six months ago, the Ministry of Health gave the police an agenda of 24 points that needed to be addressed in the Nosara facility. Through community support and private donations, more than 2 million colones (over$4000) was invested in improving the station's infrastructure. Drainage was among the most serious issue. Mora Gomez said water from the sink created something like a river of wastewater behind the station. However, they cleaned the septic tank and improved drainage and plumbing to take care of that problem. Also, the station was painted, a drop ceiling and room divisions were installed and a dining area was made.

When the Ministry of Health came to inspect the facility on January 24th, only three points were left unresolved, and the Nicoya Police Department were given a period of one month to address those three points. However, with priority being given to repairing the Samara police station, the three points remained unaddressed, and on April 14, the Ministry of Health returned to Nosara and closed the facility for failure to comply.

"For three points that were lacking, they came and shut me down," lamented Mora Gomez.

One of the three points has to do with compliance to a law regarding handicap accessibility. The main entrance needs to be widened and a ramp added to permit wheelchair access. However, Mora said that if someone in a wheelchair did come to the station they could enter through another entrance at the side of the building.

The police were also instructed to have lids on the trash cans and to install a toilet where the cells are. Mora said they do have the toilet to install but the cost of installation has prevented them from doing it. He also regards it as not very important since prisoners aren't actually held in the cells. They are transferred immediately to Nicoya, and might be at the station for only an hour or two until a car arrives to take them.

While Mora estimates that the police have complied with 95% of the agenda provided by the Ministry of Health, he said that the three points that remain don't endanger the health of the public or of the officers and aren't sufficient to merit closing the station and putting the entire town at risk of not having police presence. "No one thought they'd come and shut us down for this," he stated.

Agnes Pineiro, president of the Security Committee of Nosara, commented that people in the community have begun to wake up a little, mobilizing to support both the public force and the tourist police in Nosara and Guiones, and the results show with fewer thefts this year. However, she stressed that continuous support and donations are needed to maintain security in the communities. "We need the police," she said. "They help a lot in prevention."


More Regional News

Paving the Road to Nosara is Going at a Snail's Pace

In 2007 Karla González, then Minister of Transportation, made the commitment to pave the 28 Kilometers that separate Samara from Nosara road, On each July 25 since then, former President Oscar Arias and now current President Laura Chinchilla have come carrying the same commitment to Nicoya's park when celebrating the anniversary of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya. More >

Found Surfboard of the Lost Surfer
All the searches will continue until eight days after the incident reported

The surfboard of Álvaro Durán Ribas has been found on Friday between 6 and 7 p.m, which was around the same time when Ribas went missing. It was found with a broken leach by a Nosara resident and delivered to the tourist police on Monday afternoon, April 25, 2011. Investigation about the time gap between the appearance of the board and its delivery to the tourist police still continues by the Judicial Investigation Organization. More >

Semana Santa Heats Up as Ticos and Foreigners head to Samara Beach
Controversial Jet Skis Come to the Rescue of Stranded Vacationers

The week started off slow, but by Wednesday afternoon tourists started to flood Samara, taking advantage of Semana Santa vacation time to enjoy the beach. Alejandra Flores, whose family owns Bungalow's Casa Valeria, said she was frightened at the beginning of the week but by Wednesday afternoon things picked up and then changed totally. Now the hotel is full of guests, about half of which are Ticos and half foreigners. More >

Nicoya’s Ministry of Health will Close the Nosara Dump
Destination of the Trash Remains Unknown

After a long pause of silence during an interview about the future of the Nosara dump, Marco Jimenez, the mayor of Nicoya county said, “In Nicoya, all the districts are lead by a mayor. He is not God. He is a mayor. We don’t have all the solutions in hand, just like that. Only God has them.” More >

Teen Moms

Phone calls after phone calls for days…All anxiously made on both sides of the phone line. Talking to a neighbor first, talking to her parents, and then talking to another relative… Multiple phone calls with the same person... Each one of them suspiciously questions us, trying to understand if we were from the court or social services. Finally, a contact was set with a 15 year old girl who is a mother of a 4 month-old baby. More >

Business Patents Under Review in
Samara and Nosara

The Nicoya Municipality is slowly examining business patents in the canton, starting in the coastal areas of Samara and Nosara. More >

Motor Vehicle Restrictions on the Ostional Refuge
Law and Order: A Conflict Within

That people drive their motor vehicles on Guiones Beach is not news to anyone. The news is that whoever, including civilians and police officers, is doing so is violating the transit law of Costa Rica as well as the regulations on the use of Ostional Wildlife Refuge. More >

Mayor Shuts Down Artisan Market in Samara
Battle over Samara property's maritime zone concession resulted in aggression

Alongside the entrance to the beach in Samara, across from the police delegation and in front of the school, artisans sold their colorful crafts to tourists and passersby. However, that changed on Wednesday, March 23, when the new mayor, Marcos Jimenez, along with delegates from the Municipality arrived in the morning to shut down commercial activities in the maritime zone property, More >

Hopes Not Too High for Holy Week Tourism
Southern Guanacaste Receives Fewer Tourists Than Other Regions of Costa Rica

Traditionally each year the beaches fill with people during Holy Week, which this year begins April 17th. However, local hotel owners seem cautious in their expectations for any boost in tourism and very little is being done to market or promote local tourism along the coast of southern Guanacaste, which includes Nosara, Samara and Carrillo. More >

Contact us: NOSARA [email protected] / PUBLICITY and ADVERTISING [email protected]
Copyright 2012© The Voice of Nosara