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Guiones Tourist Police Office With no Funds Again
• Delays in procedures of the Ministry of Security hinders possible agreement to assume costs

by Emiliana Garcia
photo by pinar istek

The Association of security of Nosara is without funds to pay for the rental of the Office of the tourist police and their representatives say that it will close at any time if donations don’t arrive soon. This was the central theme during the meeting held on Friday, November 11 at the premises of the FUCAN.

“The Association is dead”, said Agnes Pinheiro, President of the Security Association, and add in a pessimistic tone that "soon the tourist police will be gone and if this happens, you should stay in your homes with a gun, because thieves are waiting for this to happen to steal from all the houses".


Monthly costs for rental and services of the office are $1200, and they are financed by some businesses and individuals in the community, but since June of 2011 all donations have sharply dropped, creating stress on the members of the Association. For them, the light at the end of the tunnel path is in an agreement with the Ministry of Security where the ministry will pay the costs. However, the proceedings and documents necessary to achieve this are many and the time they are approved is long.

Marjorie Jimenez, Head of Operations of the tourist police in Guanacaste, informed those present at the meeting that the engineers of the Ministry of Security have already studied the current building and are preparing a final report in order to proceed with the next proceedures but the entire process can last up to 2 years to be adopted. An example of this was that the delegation of the tourist police in Flamingo Beach was in process for one year and eight months until the community, tired of waiting and without funds to continue, pressed the legal department of the ministry, and got their agreement approved within two months.

So now , the security association must raise enough money to afford the costs of the tourist office, until the adoption of the agreement. "We need to find a way to survive for more months until the ministry is ready to take over (the costs)", said Pinehiro. The challenge is how to achieve it.


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VON Survey Results

The Voice of Nosara would like to thank our readers who participated in our 2011 reader survey in May and June, and we are pleased to report some of the results from the survey. The survey was designed to identify reader demographics, reading habits, concerns and suggestions in order to improve VON's service to the community and to advertisers.

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