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Nosareños Will Spend the Winter Without a Retaining Dam
By Oliver Pérez

Each year the Nosareños are affected by the floods caused by the growth of the Nosara River and, since there won’t be a retaining wall, or dam, that will prevent the water from reaching many homes in the community, this year won’t be the exception.

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) (National Emergency Committee) is currently conducting a topographical upheaval survey, which will technically define the type of intervention that must be done, such as building a dam. This work is being conducted by a private firm that was hired by the CNE for ¢13 million colones.

This was informed by Vanessa Rosales, President of the CNE, who explained that they are complying with the resolution issued by the Sala Constitucional in regards to an appeal based on resolution number 2009-011205.

The aforementioned resolution states that “the Municipalidad and the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias must issue the necessary instructions in order to implement the necessary coordination measures and to promote the intervention of all the competent institutions, in order to take efficient, effective and timely measures that will allow for the necessary work to be done in the Nosara River”.

“The CNE is currently fulfilling this resolution by conducting the necessary studies that will help determine the type of intervention that must be done in the river. We hope to complete this work as soon as possible in order to make a decision of what must be done in order to prevent the floods”, explained the head of the CNE.

According to Rosales, the Servicio Nacional de Aguas Subterráneas Riego y Avenamiento (SENARA) is conducting a hydraulic research in order to know the movement capacity of the river’s water.

Based on these results, the CNE will determine the type of work that must be done as well as the institution that will be in charge of the job, whether it is the Municipalidad, the Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones or the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT).
Vanessa Rosales explained to the VON that the work is well underway. However, the topographical work that is being done by the institution was to be finished by the end of April.

With this outlook and with the government’s bureaucracy, the communities that are affected year after year will have to summon their patience and stay alert once the rainy season arrives.


More Regional News

Evictions in Garza – One Land. Many Owners.

6 families from Garza are holding a dispute with Luis Diego Franchesky Chacón, owner of the property on which they live and from which they have an eviction order that was pronounced by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. The order against one of the families was halted by the Sala Constitucional and, for the time being, the other five eviction orders have been paused by the Municipalidad. More>

Containers in Guiones: The Battle for Land In The Name Of Protection

After months of heated public debate and controversy regarding the placement and occupation of several storage containers in the Guiones area, The Voice of Nosara exclusively interviewed the two people representing both opposing sides of the story: Bobbi Johnson and Richmond Phipps. More >

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The local Nicoyan government continues to search in vain for an eligible site for a new cemetery in the canton, despite the fact that the current graveyard has been unusable for the last 20 years. More >

“Maybe the next government will do it”.
Arias passes the buck on Samara-Nosara’s paved road

Thursday April 22nd, the community of Nosara received a visit from the President of the Republic, Oscar Arias, to officially inaugurate the airfield. During his visit representatives of EBAIS, The Red Cross and other public entities delivered him letters that expressed their urgent need to receive improvements and aid. More >

Oscar Arias in Nosara – His Visit Revealed

Arias Inaugurates Nosara and Nicoya Airfields
On Thursday April 22nd, the former president of the Republic, Oscar Arias, took scissors and went to cut the tapes at the inauguration of the airfields at Nicoya and Nosara.

Some Excerpts from Outgoing President Oscar Arias’s speech in Nosara
Opening the speech
“This could possibly be the last time that, at least as president, I will be with you. As of May 8th, as a Costa Rican citizen again, I am going to be with you many more times” More >

Interview with Transportation Vice Minister Pablo Castro

“Up until ten minutes ago I did not know about this situation” (regarding closed River Frio Bridge)

VON: Why is the company MECO moving so slowly in its maintenance work of the Samara-Nosara route?
Castro: Last year we had problems with funding because of the way in which the contract (with MECO) was granted. We were paying for the specific project, and, because of the financial arrangements, things were getting more expensive. More >

High Season Shows Nosara Economy Overcoming Crisis

While the world economy continues to struggle with economic recovery, the pillars of Nosara’s economy, surfing, yoga and nature tourism, have helped it weather the turmoil. More >

Local Youth Killed For Motorcycle – Injustice Continues for Family of Murdered Nosareño

Some 15 teary-eyed family members join together to tell the story of their beloved son, grandson, brother, husband, cousin, nephew and father – Adrian Ruiz Chavarría. In the words of his grandfather Gregorio “he was a family man…for us he was the best grandson we had”. More >



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