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Travel Between Nosara and Samara to be Fully Restored

by Oliver Perez Picado
  • Decentralization Minister: Main bridges will be ready by Wednesday

Since Monday, machinery and workers from the Ministry of Public Works (MOPT) have been working to restore the land connection between Puerto Carrillo and Samara. Last Wednesday, the Bailey bridge between these two communities collapsed.

Juan Rafael Marín, appointed by Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla, to coordinate meeting the needs of the Guancaste province, confirmed to VON that a team of workers is putting in place a temporary bridge that will connect Samara and Nosara as well.


Colombian helicopter in Nosara. Photo by Walter Vargas Ramirez.

"We are working, and hope that by Wednesday a connection will be restored between the two districts (Nosara and Samara). Air Force helicopters from Colombia, have enabled us to supply the residents of Nosara and Ostional," Marin said by telephone.

Residents and businesses in the Nosara area, worked together and, between Sunday and Monday morning, put in place fill to replace the bridge that collapsed in El Silencio to allow traffic to pass.

Regarding the material for a future bridge that has been "parked" on one side of the Rio Rosario for more than a year, according to the Minister Marin, an order was issued and a company has been hired to install the bridge which will provide access to the Ostional community.

In addition, the communities of Santa Marta and Nosara will also have the bridge over the River Montaña. Marin promised it will be installed before the end of December.

VON asked about the Municipality of Nicoya’s plans for the improvement of the cantonal road via Zaragoza, but employees of the mayor said they are on strike because wages were not increased as proposed. 

The way to Los Angeles and Zaragoza, which crosses the mountain, is the only alternative route to Nicoya for Nosareños when national route 160 is closed.

More Regional News

Nicoya Mayor Elections UNED Debate
Candidates expounded proposals and put aside attacks

The plans to solve the problems of garbage, the cemetery and roadway improvements for the canton were the most interesting themes in the debate where all of the candidates promised honest and transparent management. More >

Dengue Mosquitoes Active in Samara and Nicoya
Ministerio de Salud says increase in cases is due to lack of prevention at home

Dr. Oscar Mendez Campos, coordinator of Dengue for the Hospital de la Anexion in Nicoya, confirmed that there have been cases of dengue this year both in Nicoya and Samara, but he hasn’t seen any cases from Nosara so far. Though there haven’t been any deaths from dengue in the area this year, there have been few cases of hemorrhagic fever, the more severe form of dengue, in Nicoya. More >

Nosara Slowly Returns to Normal but Ostional Remains Cut Off

  • Marbella's bridge remains closed due to damages, cutting off San Juanillo
  • If good weather conditions continue, vehicle access over Río Frío might be restored

Although Rio Rosario is now low enough to be crossed, the mud that has piled up on its sides does not allow any vehicles to go through. Rolf Sommer, owner of Luna Azul Hotel, along with other entrepreneurs from San Juanillo, have organized themselves in order to hire a backhoe to rehabilitate the road. More + Video >

Providing food, medicine and gasoline

People in Nosara are stocking up on food and gasoline for the coming days in anticipation of a possible failure of the delivery of these products. VON communicated with the supermarkets in the area and everyone agrees that there has been an increase in purchases during the past two days. More >

Nosara, Ostional and Puerto Carrillo Isolated

Due to heavy rains that started on Monday November 1, these three communities are isolated. In Nosara, the bridge over river Frio collapsed this Wednesday. In Ostional, the Rosario River has being flooded since Monday, and the bridge that communicates the Torito community with Puerto Carrillo collapsed on Thursday. More >

Nicoya – Audit Report of the Maritime Terrestrial Zone
Mel Gibson Purchased Illegally Registered Property

• Due to the absence of a zoning plan, the concession was wrongfully granted
• Municipalidad must take over the beachfront strip in the Maritime Terrestrial Zone

Unfortunately, Mel Gibson’s troubles don’t end, even when he arrives in Costa Rica. Although he is trying to maintain a low profile while recovering from the recent scandals in which he has repeatedly threatened his ex-girlfriend and mother of his youngest child, documents from an internal audit done by Nicoya’s Municipalidad show that part of the property Gibson bought at Playa Barrigona was illegally registered. More >

Nicoya Mayoral Elections 2010
The Person Behind the Candidate
Five Candidates, Five Interviews

Usually, when referring to an election, the candidate’s promises are the only thing that gets published. In many cases, the media forgets to portray the person within.

In this issue, in preparation for the December 5th elections, the VON presents a series of “intimate” interviews with the five candidates. More >

How “Pura” is the “Vida” of Nosareños?: The Two Faces of Nosara

The effects of the global crisis on Nosara can be applied to an in-depth analysis of the area’s development. Many Nosareños, as did thousands of Guanacastecos, were forced to rapidly adapt to changes in both the job market as well as their lifestyle. The spotlight shifted from agriculture to tourism and the construction industry, which depend largely on foreign investment and where the well-paid jobs are few. More >

 

 

 

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