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Opinion
The Closure of Our Dump

By Pamela Ellsworth
Resident Pelada beach

Costa Rica is described as a "Developing Nation". Nosara is proof that developing doesn't always occurr in an equitable, rational or responsible manner. The road to development is often full of political potholes so deep that some communities move backwards rather than forwards. Nosara has a new pothole that will set us back considerably.

Our dump has been condemned and closed. Closing this vital institution condemns every resident in Nosara to a sanitation crisis. The dump, however primitive, affords Nosara's residents at least some opportunity to maintain liveable sanitation standards. The outcome of this decision should be painfully obvious. As the health and environmental threats grow in size and number within days or weeks of the dump's closure the entire community will be in serious danger.

 As garbage accumulates in every residential and commercial area it will attract rodents and animals who will spread the garbage at random in their pursuit of food and their fecal matter and parasites will flourish thus causing an unconscionable threat to our health. Toxic substances and materials will be spread far and wide throughout the community posing multiple and well known threats to our health. Residents will have no option other than to burn their garbage which will result in airborn health and environmental damage. Recycling will be forgotten or too great an effort in light of the imposing garbage disposal burdens and many residents don't have vehicles with which to transport recyclables to recycling centers.

It's admirable to strive to improve and modernize public institutions however it's foolhardy and irresponsible to eliminate them altogether without first replacing them with something that serves the community in the interim. Something is better than nothing. If the funds, the expertise and legal requirements are not in place prior to proceeding with a plan it's not equitable, rational or feasible to proceed. This is a regrettable, dangerous and illconceived step backwards for Nosara. It demonstrates an alarming disregard for the health and welfare of Nosara's residents and that of their environment as well.

 

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At the same time that the Samara police were rejoicing and moving back into their police station, the Nosara police suddenly found themselves with their hands tied when the Ministry of Health shut their station down on Thursday, April 14 and restricted them from receiving anyone in the building. This left the police without any way to attend to the public or anywhere to detain prisoners.

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