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Road to Nosara is Impassable
The MOPT remains silent

By Oliver Perez Picado

On Monday June 6th, at 8 am, a bus from Traroc company pulled a truck from the mud. This part of the road in Garza presents one of the worst driving conditions.

There is great concern among residents and drivers in Garza, Guiones and Nosara due to the bad road conditions and the fact that no work has been done towards their improvement for over three months. As a result of the rainfall during this past few days, the road has become impassable. Mud, puddles and even impromptu streams that now cross the roads have forced drivers to do balancing acts in order to reach their destinations.

“The road is filled with holes, making it very difficult for vehicles to move around and, due to the poor road conditions, tourists are not visiting the beaches”, said with great annoyance Rafael Esquivel, a driver on this route.

As a palliative measure, on Friday June 3rd, the Nosara Development Association had the initiative of collecting sediments and rocks from the Nosara River in order to use it to fill the potholes in some areas of Nosara and Santa Marta were conditions are worse. But this was not enough.

“We are fulfilling our service commitment up to where road conditions allow us to do so. It saddens me to be unable to provide comfortable units for our clients, but the road does not allow us to have good buses”, admitted Eliécer Rojas, from the Traroc bus company, which runs the Nicoya-Sámara-Nosara route.

“We make an effort to reach Nosara on a daily basis and, in spite of bad road conditions, we have not abandoned the area. We have suffered greatly in damages to our units. This situation has had a great economic impact on us since we must purchase spare parts every day”, added Rojas.

The 60-kilometer trip between Nicoya and Nosara, which would normally take two hours, now takes an hour longer due to road conditions.

On June 3rd, out of desperation to improve this situation, Eduardo Araya, a Nosara cab driver, e-mailed the Minister of Decentralization, Juan Marín, in order to explain the bad road conditions. Marín replied to Araya's concerns and immediately reported the situation to both the Minister and Deputy Minister of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT), Francisco Jiménez and María Lorena López, respectively. "It is important to inspect and, if possible, to address the current conditions of national route 160 (Sámara-Nosara)", Marín requested.

Moreover, Carlos Villalobos, President of the Nosara Red Cross Committee, explained to the VON that ambulance drivers must also drive very slowly and therefore it takes nearly two hours to take a patient to Nicoya; with the road in good conditions it would only take 50 minutes.

The VON tried to get the version of the Deputy Minister of the MOPT, María Lorena López. However, even though we contacted her by e-mail on two occasions, on Thursday, June 2nd and Monday, June 6th, we received no answer. The VON also called her cell phone, but we got her answering machine and she did not return our voice message either.


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Samareños will march asking to continue with peace and tranquility

Members of the community of Samara agreed to perform a march this Sunday, the 19th, starting at 11 a.m., leaving from the Catholic church, marching around the front of the Evangelical church, the school and ending in front of the Public Force.

Nosareños Threats to Close the Main Road

Tired of waiting for the government to respond to their demands, the Nosareños patience seems to have come to an end. At a meeting held on Saturday June 11, several members of the community agreed to step up pressure if President Laura Chinchilla doesn’t take action and respond to a letter that will detail the most urgent problems that concern the people of this area.

Machinery Arrives in Nosara to Provide Road Maintenance

Roadworking equipment arrived this past Friday June 10th  to begin repairing the 30 km section between Nosara and Samara. The National Roads Board (CONAVI) deployed the equipment provided by San Antonio construction company.

Sexual Violence in Las Huacas Under Investigation

On May 22, around midnight, a woman, who is over 50 years old, was sexually assaulted at a house in Section EE, Guiones, where she was housesitting for her friends.

Tourist Police Could be Closed During June

At a meeting held at restaurant Casa Tucan by the Nosara Security Association on Saturday, May 28, Agnes Pinherio, the president of the association, said the Tourist Police of Guiones Beach may be closed unless the association can collect enough donations for its office maintenance. While last year the budget was more than $17,000, this year, only $5,500 has been collected.

Ministry of Health Sets End of July as Deadline for the Dump to Continue Operating

Improvements to Nosara's landfill must be made before the end of July; however, if no concrete efforts to improve it are made, the Ministry of Health will proceed to close it down. This was the order given by Nicoya's Ministry of Health engineer, Gabriel Sotelo González, on Wednesday, May 18th.

Are we Ready for Heavy Winter Rains?

Last year's rains were destructive, leaving some communities cut off when bridges collapsed and unfortunate families seeking shelter elsewhere as their homes flooded. Since then, various groups have been examining needs to better prepare communities for the next round of heavy rains.

The Brothers of Nosara Representative are under investigation for tree cuttings

On March 27th, 2011, two officers from MINAET Ostional (Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications) found 20 pochote trees stumps, which were supposedly cut illegally on a property near the Nosara dump. Among the parties involved, which included two brothers of the Nosara Representative, Marcos Avila, none had permission to cut, transport, or sell the trees.

Nicoya Sewage Treatment Plant May Pollute the River Grande

Residents of the Matabuey neighborhood in the city of Nicoya expressed their displeasure with the foul smells emanating from the neighboring sewage treatment pools from the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) as well as the treated waters discharged into the River Grande, which runs about 50 meters from the pools.


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