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Tourist Police Set Road Patrols After Robberies
By fritz elmendorf
  Nosara’s new Tourist Police has been patrolling and escorting delivery trucks along the main road in order to prevent truck robberies since, during mid-January, two armed robberies took place on the road over the Río Frío, just 10 kilometers away from Samara’s gas station.

Nosara Police Chief Jason Vargas organized the security details after discussing the problems with 7 delivery companies, including Coca-Cola and Dos Pinos, whose drivers were robbed by the heavily armed bandits, whose armory included 9 mm guns and shotguns.

Three men wearing masks intercepted the truck, pointed the guns at the victims, kidnapped them and forced them to drive the truck to a farm. Once they got inside the farm, the thieves tried to remove the safety box from the truck but they couldn’t because the box is fastened to the truck. As they couldn’t steal the safety box, they took money and personal things from the drivers, hitting one of the drivers on his head. They then escaped through the mountains.

Two years ago this part of the road had been the scene of several robberies, which ceased after police presence was increased in the area but, according to Vargas, “last year’s closing of the Garza police post might have tempted the thieves to return”.

Nosara’s new Tourist Police force of 11 officers is being stretched by the need to patrol the main road to Samara. The Tourist Police have three motorcycles, but the promised patrol car is not expected to arrive any time soon because it is still being repaired. The threatened area includes roads in the jurisdiction of the Samara police, but neither that department nor the regional police headquarters in Nicoya have come to the aid of the vulnerable truck drivers.

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The Regulatory Plan Starts – The Nosareños See a Better Quality of Life Through Development

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For months we have been hearing about the need for a Regulatory Plan for Nosara. And so it seems that the moment has finally arrived and the process has started and which, according to the company hired to design and carry it out, INYPSA, will take at least two years. Representatives from the ASADAS and the Development Associations (Asociaciones de Desarrollo) from all the communities attended a meeting held on March 6th at the FUCAN. More >

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On Tuesday, March 23rd, the election of the members of the School Board was cancelled for the third consecutive time due to a lack of quorum. 28 parents, out of the 70 to 80 parents that were needed, attended the meeting. For this reason Elias Cardenas, principal of the Escuela Serapio López, suspended the meeting. In response to the complaints on behalf of the parents who did take the time to attend the meeting, Cárdenas mentioned in a brief speech, “it is a shame that more parents did not show up for the meeting”. More >


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