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Bidding Underway for Work On Nosara River

By Arianna McKinney

On Wednesday, April 18th, representatives of 16 companies inspected sites along the Nosara River deemed most critical in their preparation of bids for flood prevention work proposed for these areas. The inspections raised hopes that this time some work might actually get done to lessen the problems caused by the river with the annual rains.

Arturo Herrera Barquero, CNE fiscal engineer, explained that the work, which has a budget of 299 million colones ($598,000), will include work on the riverbed at a site across from the airport so the water will channel well along a normal trajectory when the river is full, although he said it will not be a complete intervention.


They also plan to extract ballast material from a nearby finca in preparation for later construction of a dike. Herrera indicated that the property from which they planned to extract the material was recently sold so they have to meet with the new owner to see if they can still use the land or if they need to identify an alternative source for the material; this may delay the bidding process.

Work is also planned at a site in route to the Los Angeles neighborhood on the other side of the river where the road is almost cut off. Marcos Avila, president of the Nosara Development Association, explained that they will install 1,000 meters of gabion, a retaining wall made of wire mesh filled with rock to protect the road.

While most of the companies bidding for the work are from areas like San Jose and Cartago, some are closer, including Nosara Maquinaria Loma. Avila also said that the materials extracted from the river during the project will stay in Nosara. He is communicating with engineers at the Municipality of Nicoya and Conavi about using the materials for improving the local roads.

For Avila, it is good news that the bidding process is finally under way. He noted however that the clock is ticking on work to be done this year; at any time heavy rains could fill the river and make it difficult to proceed. Avila recalled that it has been almost four years since he presented a denunciation to get work done on the river.

A resolution was issued in July 2009 by the Constitutional Court. In February 2011, a proposal for a large dike project costing 1,600-million-colones ($3,200,000) was presented. Later, in a meeting in August 2011, residents were told that work would begin in December and be done in stages, at a cost of 300 million colones ($600,000) for each stage.


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Nosara’s First Mini-Golf Competition Created by a Ten Year Old Boy

Sunday May 14, over 50 Nosareños witnessed the town’s first ever mini-golf tournament, thanks to the effort of one very talented ten-year old. And like many ten-year olds, he doesn’t mince words.

Serapio López School Shines Like New

On Saturday, May 5th, students, teachers, parents, members of the community and volunteers from the United States gave a new look to Serapio Lopez Fajardo School in Nosara. 

CREAR Begins Reading Time in Samara's Library

CREAR has created a new program to draw more people to Samara's public library: Reading Time. Reading Time for children ages 2 to 8 is being offered Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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