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Ostional Now Has New ADIO Leaders
By Oliver Pérez

“Regain trust and reunite the town”; this is the main objective of Ostional’s Association of Integral Development (ADIO), as expressed by newly appointed President Magdalena Lara Vega.

The former Ostional President Gilbert Rojas appealed the election on October 24th but his challenge was rejected by the National Directory of Communal Development (Dinadeco) on December 14th.

When consulted on the matter of the appeal, Rojas said only that at this time he is concentrating on the case of his house fire and no longer living in Ostional.

President Vega said the Association is working toward recovering everything that the town has lost, including trust and peace.

“We find a divided and distrustful town, and we are going to work on that in order to revive development”, said Lara. ADIO has 200 members and one of the newly established benefits is to help members who get sick while they are working during the ‘arribadas’.

During these last ‘arribadas’, they have provided this benefit to 15 members, and the aid is more than ¢22.000 a month.

The legally sanctioned sale of turtle eggs is a major source of income for the residents of Ostional. The harvest and sale of the turtle eggs carried out by the ADIO in the National Wildlife Refuge in Ostional is regulated and permitted by environmental legislation, as long as scientific studies show that the use is controlled, rational, and does not endanger the species.

The commercialization of Olive Ridley tortoise eggs is only permitted by the ADIO, and they must be packed in sealed bags bearing the organization logos and accompanied by the corresponding invoices.
Since the 60’s, the first settlers of Ostional have used turtle eggs as a means of family subsistence and with the creation of the refuge the community was organized and the ADIO was formed to permit the rational use of resources and provide protection to the site, thus avoiding massive uncontrolled looting by other people.

Nosara’s new Tourist Police stationed at Playa Guiones, working with a new team of Fuerza Publica officers stationed at the village center of Nosara, have substantially raised the visibility of law enforcement efforts since arriving in November.

Local police chief Jason Vargas reported on Jan. 11, to a poorly attended public meeting at the FUCAN building, that law enforcement officials in San Jose see Nosara as a showcase of how local support can turn the tide against an increase in crime. Because local citizens complained, as well as offered financial support, attention is being focused on Nosara and there is pressure to show results, Vargas said.

The new police chief reported crime statistics for November and December that showed local police have been busy with roadblocks, confiscations, arrests and community outreach activities. Thefts, drugs and domestic violence dominate the reports.

The combined Fuerza Publica and Tourist Police forces have 21 officers in rotation and three motorbikes, with cars sometimes on loan from Nicoya. A permanent police car for Nosara is promised in March, he said.

The newly formed Security Association (Asociacion de Seguridad Comunitaria de Nosara) is dedicating its current efforts to raising money to be able to maintain the Tourist Police in its current location in Guiones and to the most pressing need to rebuild the police station in the center of Nosara. This building is under an order from the Ministry of Health to close on Jan. 20 if there is not a plan to make the building more habitable.

The necessary repairs will cost $16,000, according to Agnes Pinheiro, who is president of the security association formed to oversee the funding. A year’s expenses for rent and utilities for the Guiones station is estimated at $14,000. So far, $10,000 in donations have been made in support of these two projects, along with some donated materials.


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New Immigration Law Seeks to Legalize Foreigners

The new Immigration and Foreign Services Law (Migración y Extranjería), number 8764, will come into effect on March 1st., and with it a series of changes that the foreign community residing in Costa Rica must comply with.

This law was passed as a result of the Government’s need to control migration flow in a more efficient way. It clarifies different issues such as residence requirements and how to integrate the foreign community into the country in the best possible way, as long as they observe the new regulations. More >

OIJ Suspects Arson in Ostional Home Fire

On January 26th 2010 the Agency of Judicial Investigation (OIJ) in Santa Cruz detained three men of surnames Ruiz, Zúñiga and Gómez for being suspected of having burnt two cars and the house of the former Ostional Association of Development president, Gilbert Rojas, in the beginning of December 2009.

Hours later, the three detainees were set free, but with preventive measures such as not leaving the town and signing in at the Santa Cruz Court every 15 days while the investigation is concluded. More >

Elections 2010 Guanacaste Results – Two of the elected legislators are being questioned

During the past elections, the Guanacastecos elected four legislators who will work for Guanacaste’s development. The Liberacion Nacional party obtained three of the four seats for Congress, with the Nicoya-born physician, Luis Antonio Aiza, a businesswoman from Liberia, Maria Ocampo, and Luis Fernando Mendoza, an expert in political sciences from the town of Cañas. The other seat belongs to the Movimiento Libertario party, which elected Ernesto Chavarría, a stockbreeder from Nicoya. More >

Elections 2010 – The Community Opinion

What do you expect from the next Government?
That they stop benefiting large corporations, giving them all types of subsidies. They make duty-free zones and the businesses pay nothing. What they do is come here and give mediocre jobs to Costa Ricans and the government celebrates as if what they are doing is a great aid. The reality is that little by little we are losing our natural resources and autonomy. More >

Airport Crime – Nosara Businessman Sentenced
to 18 Years for Homicide

On February 25th The Judicial Court of Nicoya sentenced 54-year-old Nosara businessman Jorge Arturo Sirias Sequeira to 18 years in jail for the homicide of 22-year-old Maikol Rojas Murillo.

The events occurred the night of April 19th, 2009 in a street adjoining the Nosara landing strip.
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Water Board Election Postponed Due to Legal Technicality

The election of officers to the Water Board (ASADA) of the American Project, planned for Feb. 11, was postponed after lawyers discovered legal errors in the constitutional documents that established the ASADA in 2004.

The error can be corrected and the documents for that period can be rerecorded, but until that is done only the memberships of the 12 founding board members from 2004 are currently valid, according to the attorney for the ASADA, Andres Gonzales Anglada. Therefore, all those holding water meters will have to reregister with the ASADA in order to vote, he said, because their current registrations are invalid. More >

 

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