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“Bumps Spreading in Nosara like Measles”
By Steve Coan

Every year, more and more “speed bumps” are constructed around the Nosara area and are spreading like the Measles. It was my first impression that these were “illegal” and those who put them up were liable for any damages that might incur as a result of their construction. However, this must not be the case as they continue to spring up like weeds during the wet season.

While I understand the intent is to “force” cars, ATV’s, motorcycles, etc. to slow down so the dust is kept at a minimum, they also serve a tercerary purpose – safety for animals and pedestrians.

The other day my wife and I were in our small pickup (with HEAVY pickup suspension!) and came across a newly installed speed bump. We weren’t going fast at all as the ride in the pickup is then too rough (and we stay slow for animals, people and the dust, too). We were violently tossed about and as a result of the compression on my spine; I now have lower back problems with sciatic nerve stinging down my left leg. Needless to say, I’m a little more than upset.

I believe those who construct these speed bumps should complete the job and IDENTIFY their location. Most are hard to see as they blend in with the dirt roads and with the shadows cast on the surface, it only adds to the difficulty. Surly the tourists that visit here don’t have a chance to see or memorize ALL the location of these speed bumps before their short stay here has ended. And, the rest of us can get “forgetful” at times and experience the jarring effect of these bumps, once again.

Those who put up speed bumps are asking that the roadway drivers be considerate of those who live and work close to the road. Conversely, those who construct these speed bumps should ALSO be considerate to the roadway users and install “location markers” to be located on either side of EACH bump. These could be 1” galvanized fence posts stuck in the ground on either side, 1.5 meters above the ground with “red /white / red / white” reflective adhesive tape found in any auto parts store displayed on both sides. This would effectively mark the positions of these bumps so not only tourists who don’t know the area but locals who come across new speed bumps will be able to adjust to them. And, the posts would deter vehicles from trying to “drive around” the bumps.

Not everybody can afford molasses for the dust problems. And, this surface does nothing to stop speeding traffic. The speed bumps serve a definite purpose at this time. But the job is not finished. Be considerate enough to take the time to install “location markers”. Everyone would appreciate the effort.

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After a week with a lot of wind, dust and confinement in my house, on Saturday January 16th I received an invitation to attend The Academy Del Mar party in the distinguished Hotel L' acua Viva.

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