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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I was pleased to see the “water issue” following some of the public discussions that occurred when I last visited Samara from my water starved town of Austin, Texas. I would urge developers and builders (and their deep campaign contribution pockets), to take the lead on enacting legislation at the local, state and/or federal level for mandatory low flow toilets, low flow showers, xeriscape landscaping and grey water sewage systems for all new construction, as well as for additions and any redo of existing construction that exceeds 25% of the value of the structure. They can then take the high road in their arguments about growth and claim that while we all know that growth is going to occur, at least the construction industry uses state of the art water saving methods. These same developers and builders also need to take the lead on imposing mandatory “impact fees” on new construction based on the actual cost that the new water usage will add to the system.

In Austin, the first impact fees were too low and we now have one of the highest per capita debt loads in the U.S. due to inadequately charging the new developments when they ended up needing new water treatment facilities that the existing residents had to pay for. Additionally, there needs to be a huge impact fee assessed against any swimming pool built (sorry, but there is no way to support swimming pools when toilets can’t be flushed). It was pointed out in the water issue that there are multiple levels of conflicting rules and laws in Costa Rica. My experience has been that “money talks” and the construction industry, with its quest for profits can be the leader of that reform and can break through the giant government bureaucracies that hinder any change to the status quo. They can then also claim to be a leader in water sustainability.

John Goldstone
Austin, Texas

 

More Community News

Sámara Pacific School Fund Raising Event on March 27th

On Saturday, March 27th the Sámara Pacific School is hosting a Special Fund Raising Event and Environmental Awareness Campaign. The activities will begin at 3:00 pm in the downtown Sámara soccer field in front of Banco de Costa Rica and include live music, a flea market, food sales (prepared by the local students’ parents), face painting and bilingual children’s puppet shows. More >

Escuelita de Verano 2010

We are proud to report another successful year of Nosara summer school arts and education program. Every year we have record breaking enrollment and this year was no exception with 220 children who attended this year’s program. Thankfully we were able to rent a bus from Empresa Rojas from Nicoya in order to provide transportation. The bus was packed full and so was the school. To make room for everyone we set up extra classrooms outside. More >

The Voice of Nosara Now On Air

Exciting new things are happening with our local area news, media coverage and exposure! As of February 2010, The Voice of Nosara has joined forces with All Tribes Radio in an effort to further improve and expand the content and publicity of Guanacaste’s local news and opinion. For those who aren’t familiar with All Tribes Radio (also known as ATR), here’s a breakdown in the words of founder Ken Dunn. More >

Nosara Wildlife Rescue – “THANK YOU!!!”

The 2010 2nd Annual Nosara Wildlife Save the Howlers Fundraiser and Auction was a great success. What may not be evident is the huge amount of work that needs to be accomplished to make an event of this magnitued a success.
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Trees destroyed again…

OPINION – The tree ‘trimmers’ came 4 weeks ago to the properties behind mine to trim ‘a couple of branches’…and it makes me sad and disappointed that no thought, care, consideration, supervision, planning or basic common sense was used when the trees were trimmed. As you can see from the photo…this is just one of the trees that were basically destroyed (there are many others). More >

 

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