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Representative Mendoza Supports Nosara’s Demonstration

• He Doesn’t Rule Out Being PAC’s Presidential Candidate

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo

Juan Carlos Mendoza, legislative representative of the Citizen Action Party (PAC-Partido Acción Ciudadana), recently visited Nicoya. VON took advantage of the opportunity to talk to Mendoza and get his opinion about the possible demonstration by Nosarans and the project of the Costal Territories law. 

VON: Since the previous administration, Nosarans have been promised the pavement of Route 160.  With no response from the government, many will demonstrate, including Mayor Marcos Jimenez, on July 25th. What’s your evaluation of this situation?

[In] the Legislative Assembly, we recognize the importance of betting on infrastructure since it’s an investment. In the punctual case of Nosara, it’s clearly understandable the displeasure of the inhabitants because of the government’s not following through.  The right to demonstrate is a right of every citizen, including the mayor.  


VON: What is PAC’s vision and goal for Nicoya County facing the next elections?

We have various partisan challenges, like the process of renovating structures and generating dialogues with social players from distinct productive sectors to form a coalition for 2014. Since the two administrations, we Costa Ricans have been victims of a spoils system (practice of obtaining votes with promises) and disrespectful political system that wants to perpetuate power. I believe that as a party we haven’t been able to generate the image of an alternative for the ruling party. We have to mature internally and make a qualitative jump.  In Nicoya, PAC has a strong presence from the council members and syndics and we are on top of the community problems. 

VON: Who will be the PAC candidate for 2014? Would you be a nominee?

It’s still very premature to be able to affirm whom since it will be decided in the party’s internal elections; in my personal case, I don’t rule out my participation in the process. 

VON: Finally, the project of the Coastal Territories Communities Law (TECOCOS) is on the table in the Assembly’s extraordinary session. What is your stand? Are you in favor of the project?

I’m in favor. We have been supporting the revocation of the law since its beginnings and I consider that the possession of the land is of high importance for thousands of families that have lived for many years in the country’s coasts and that still lack basic services like potable water and electricity. This law aims at protecting them and promoting their quality of life. 


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About 2000 From Nosara Will Protest on July 25th
• Demonstrators Will Demand Pavement for Route 160

Members of different social and community organizations from Nosara will march to Nicoya July 25th to request that the government incorporate pavement over route 160 in the budget. 

Commission Reports that 90% of Proposed Regulatory Plan is a Cut and Paste Job

On Wednesday, June 6, the Administrative Commission of nine community representatives presented an extensive report to the Municpal Council of the Canton of Nicoya, recommending that the council completely reject the proposed regulatory plan elaborated by the Spanish company Inypsa.

Nicoya Mayor Will Protest Against the Government on July 25 Celebrations

Marco Antonio Jimenez Muñoz, mayor of Nicoya, Guanacaste, announced that he will protest against Laura Chinchilla Miranda’s government, on the Day of Annexation because of the "deplorable state of national roads in this area.”

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The Voice of Nosara brings you a brief recap of the May stories you might have missed.

The Order to Close Pedregal is for Land that Was Not Being Exploited

Several Nicoyans are asking themselves how is it that the company of Pedregal can continue to work on the site of La Calera, at the entrance to the city of Nicoya. The reason is that the Environmental Administrative Tribunal, which ordered a temporary cessation of Pedregal in Nicoya, made this resolution due to a second site where the company was working in 2009.

Servicentro Nicoya Under Scrutiny for Closing Passageway and Possible Illegal Construction

Servicentro Nicoya, located 100 meters from La Anexion Hospital, is under the watchful eye of the Municipality of Nicoya, the Controller General of the Republic, the Environmental Court and residents of the El Carmen neighborhood. 

Nosara’s Economic Forecast Looks Sunny

As the dust from dry season settles metaphorically and literally, merchants and business owners in Nosara are counting their spoils.

Rising Prices Hurt the Pocketbook

First the price of gas went up, next the price of bus tickets and finally the government added a 13% tax on products in the basic food basket. It’s time to take out the calculator and grab the pocketbook because everything is going up in price and your bill could reach an unforeseen amount. 

Mystery of E.Coli in Carrillo’s Estuaries Goes Unsolved

This year Carrillo only earned one star instead of two in the Ecological Blue Flag program because of a study that revealed high presence of E.Coli in the beach’s estuaries. Although so far the ocean water is still safe for swimming, that could change if action is not taken to find and remedy the problem. 

Nicoyan Auditor Owes Municipality 15 Years of Taxes
• Municipal Council Approved Sending Case to the Controller
• Official Was Suspended for Three Months

At the same time that ministers of the Republic have been under investigation for evading taxes, the internal auditor of the Municipality of Nicoya, Gilberto Lizano Elizondo, has also been under investigation for evading real estate taxes since 1997, as detailed in a report by the directive organ that investigated the case.

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