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September Pictures and News


Municipality Looks to Recover Green Zones and Public Areas
The municipality is trying to sort out registries of lands in Garza, Nosara and Samara that are improperly registered. The lands include green zones, public property and streets in Samara and Nosara, as well as concessionable lands in the maritime zone of Garza. Read the full story here

A triathlete is greeted before the finish line by his daughter, he later crossed the end of the competition with both his daughter and son hand-in-hand, completing the last stage of the Samara triathlon.

Triathlon Attracts 350 Athletes to Samara
In August 25 and 26, 350 contestants swam, cycled, and ran their way through the whole town, beach and forrest to complete the Samara Triathlon. Approximately fifteen percent of the competitors were locals to the canton, hailing from Nosara, Samara and Nicoya. Event organizers were happy with both participation and the alliance with Samara's Chamber of Tourism, and plan to bring the festival back every year. Read the full story here

New Committees Add Culture to Nosara
The Nosara Development Association, run by Marcos Avila (in picture) held a meeting to form two new committees: Culture and Music. The new committees were created to help promote arts and culture inside of the Nosara area, and will include a new program to introduce classical chamber music to the children of the area. Read the full story here

7.6 Earthquake in Cangrejal of Samara
On September 5th, 2012, the Pacific coast of the nation was rocked by a massive earthquake over twenty years in the making. Locals were shaken up in the early morning hours, as homes, businesses, and even the beach were subjected to intense movements as a 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit close to Cangrejal de Samara. Read the full story here

Not Everyone Can Return to Daily Life After Earthquake
Some residents of Nosara and Samara have found it hard to get back to normal following the September 5th earthquake. Several residents, whose homes have been rendered uninhabitable, have had to start from scratch in order to bring their lives back to where they were before the 7.6 magnitude shakeup. Read the full story here

Effect on Tourism in the Coast Should Be Minimal
Tourism is expected to be unaffected in the aftermath of the massive earthquake which hit the Nicoya peninsula on September 5th, 2012. Restaurants, hotels, surf schools and yoga facilities weighed in to let VON know that they were only minimally affected, and that business would soon be returning to normal. Read the full story here

Legislators Approve Moratorium on Evictions in Coastal Communities
Residents of Garza and Ostional Wild Refuge were able to breath a sigh of relief following President Laura Chinchilla's intervention with a moratorium on evictions for 24 months signed September 26. Read the full story here

Fined Foreigners Face Re-entry Ban
According to the new Ley de Transito (traffic law), foreigners who do not pay a traffic ticket before leaving Costa Rica will be denied re-entry into the country on their next visit – whether by land or air. Read the full story here.


More Regional News

Restoration of Colonial Church Will Cost $200,000

One of the structures that suffered damage from the 7.6 magnitude earthquake was the colonial church of Nicoya, which was built in 1544. Plans for its restoration are now underway, according to Adrian Vindas, director of the Conservation Center of the Patrimonial Church. 

Development Association Asks for Urgent Intervention on Nosara-Zaragoza Route

On Thursday, October 25, the Nosara Integral Development Association (ADIN) submitted an “urgent” request to the Municipality of Nicoya and the National Emergency Commission for intervention on the Nosara-Zaragoza emergency route since “we are incredibly worried that due to climatic conditions we might end up isolated again,” like what happened in November of 2010.

Bridge Over Rio Montaña Has Foundation Problems

The National Roadways Council (CONAVI) inspected the bridge over Rio Montaña after the 6.6 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, October 23rd and determined that it doesn’t have structural damage; however, failures were detected in the refill approaching the bridge.

Bill Aims to Regulate Real Estate Activities in Country

The Costa Rican Chamber of Real Estate Brokers (CCCBR) wants to create a law that regulates and professionalizes real estate activity in the country. 

From Yellow to Red to Yellow Again: Communities Remain on Alert

After another night of heavy rain, the skies have cleared and water levels are dropping in the rivers but some damage remains in communities of Nosara and in Chinampas in the district of Samara.

Nosara Under Yellow Alert for Flooding

At around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, yellow alert was declared for flooding in the Nosara area as a result of a low pressure system in the Caribbean Sea that has been causing strong intermittent rains.

Commission Formed to Negotiate Tecocos Law Project
Commission hopes legislators will vote in favor on November 1st

Representatives of the coastal communities, including Ostional, are pushing forward to pass the proposed Coastal Territories Law, known as Tecocos.

The Reality Of Realty In Nosara And Samara

A long, tranquil beach, great surfing, a plethora of yoga classes, and all within walking-distance from your day-to-day life, It sounds like the perfect creative environment, and for many, it is.

OVSICORI Rules Out Large Release of Energy By Nosara Quake

An earthquake of 5.3 magnitude shook the Nicoya peninsula on October 10th, this time with a depth of 22 kilometers and located three kilometers south of Nosara. 

First You Couldn’t Come Back, Now You Can’t Leave – Still Best to Pay Traffic Fines

A new, “new” system will stop foreigners with highway tickets from leaving the country, under the new Ley de Transito.

Relief Will Come Little By Little To Families Affected by Earthquake

The Costa Rican government will designate a fund of 3 billion colones ($6 million) for assistance with houses that suffered light or moderate damage after the September 5th earthquake with epicenter in Samara. 

Suspect of Argentinean Murder in Samara In Prison

A man with the last names Dixon Obregon is behind bars for at least three months while investigations continue of his involvement in various crimes.

Samara Earthquake Produced Physical Changes in Active Volcanoes

Due to increased activity, closure of access to the craters of Rincon de la Vieja and Turrialba volcanoes was recommended by the National Seismology Network (RSN) after a study of the giants after the September 5th earthquake, with epicenter in Samara.

Matapalo de Samara: Robbery Suspect Captured

For a TV and a fan, a young man is now facing the justice system. Garcia Obando, Nicaraguan, was arrested by the police at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd and taken to Nicoya to the public attorney’s office. 

Members of Communities Affected by Earthquake Help Victims

About a month after the September 5th earthquake hit, hundreds of families have still not been able to recover; however some are offering a helping hand. Neighbors, associations, local committees and even strangers have donated their time, money and physical labor so these families can overcome hardships. 

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