NCA NEWSLETTER
July 2005
NCA MEMBERSHIP 2005-2006

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE NCA
At the General Assembly of January 25, 2005, the membership of the NCA voted to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to change the Fourth Chapter: Organization, Article 26 of our by-laws. This article currently states: Reelections -“The members may not be reelected for more than two consecutive terms in the same office. After one year, an eligible member may be elected for the same office”.

The change to article 26 will state: Reelections – “The members of the Board of Directors will be able to be reelected to the same office without limit to the number of reelections.”

This extraordinary meeting will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2005. First call to order at 9:00 am at the new water building, second call at 9:30 am. This meeting will follow the regular monthly board meeting which starts at 8:00 am. Meeting will be at the water company building.

The second item on the agenda for this meeting will be the election of a new Vocal. Current Vocal, Edward Blain McClary, has moved from Nosara and is not longer able to serve on the Board. Anyone willing to fill this position please contact one of the board member. We thank Blain for volunteering his time and for his valuable participation on the board. We also wish him the best in the states.
Third item on the agenda is to authorize the law firm of Facio y Cañas to notarize these changes.

If you are a member of the NCA and are unable to attend this meeting, please contact us for a proxy if you are in Costa Rica. Proxies outside of Costa Rica need to be notarized by the Costa Rican Consulate (not an easy thing to do).

NEW/OLD OFFICE LOCATION
The NCA has not been able to move as quickly as hoped regarding the construction of our own building. We temporarily moved to a location near the Condominios de Las Flores and have now entered a new agreement with the ASADA for sub-letting office space in the building the water company is leasing from Amigos de Nosara. We are operating with only volunteers at this time. So do not have regular hours established. If you need something give us a call, 682-0008, or take your chances that someone is working. We would love to have the company and can always use more volunteers.

NEW NOSARA CIVIC ASSOCIATION WEBSITE
The marketing committee has been working hard. It has defined the Mission Statement of the NCA, designed a logo, organized the “welcome” package and is currently working on setting up the NCA’s own website www.nosaracivicassociation.com. This website will include a history of Nosara (any tidbits are welcome), photos, maps, minutes of meetings for members, old newsletters, community information and calendar, tide charts, phone directory, frequently asked questions, links to business members, bulletin board, etc. (Not necessarily in this order.) The information that is currently online through www.cristalverde.com/nosara, www.discoverypress.com/NCA and www.playanosara.com will all be incorporated. We’d like to thank the owners of these websites for their great work and support of the NCA over the years. Keep checking for the site. PLEASE SEND US YOUR CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU HAVE ONE. We can keep you up-to-date more easily and rapidly.

RAIN 2005 THROUGH JULY 15 – 61.85″

PENDING LEGAL CASES We are still waiting to go to court regarding the criminal charges against Michael Sandweg. There have been two preliminarily hearings, but no settlement was reached. The judge has not ruled on the appeals in the Michael Sandweg labor cases.

The criminal case filed by Richmond Phipps against various people for fraud against the state is also still pending. She is claiming ownership of some 45 duly registered properties, seven of which are “Parklands” now owned by the NCA.

ROADS Every year we have the same problem with the roads. They become almost impassable. This year is no exception as anyone who has been here recently can attest to. Route 160 (the main road) is a national highway and it is the responsibility of the federal government to maintain this road which follows the coast along the Nicoya Peninsula. There has been a very large and dangerous hole in the middle of a culvert of about two years and we have not been able to have it repaired.

Finally, something is being done. CONAVI (the ministry responsible for this road’s maintenance) has made an appearance in Nosara. We have dump trucks, a grader and a roller currently working. (Hole fixing is not on the schedule.) We will have to see how long this lasts during the heavy rains we receive.

The NCA has contracted to chop the tall weeds at all the major intersections and dangerous curves. The workers are also redirecting the water runoff so that it flows along the sides of the roads rather than across them. This is a continuous job because of mud slides, erosion created during construction and the enormous amount of traffic we now have.

Rumors of the road being paved any time soon seem to be greatly exaggerated.

BOMBA It appears that the efforts of the people of Nosara to prevent the opening of the mega gas station built near the “quebrada” (creek) Subi y Baja, which flows into the Rio Nosara, may be paying off. The gas station can not open!! Operating permits have not been granted and further studies of the area are in process to determine whether or not it has been built in a wetland. The building would be perfect for a Fire Station.

PASSING Long time resident Jan Buferd passed away in her home in San José on May 9, 2005. Jan operated the Gilded Iguana for many years and served on the Board of Directors of the NCA for more years than we can count. A dear friend will be greatly missed.

THANK YOU The Board of Directors wishes to thank the 294 members of the NCA for their support for our association and our community. Below are the “business” members of the NCA.

CAFÉ DE PARÍS
CASA TORTUGA
CASITA ROMÁNTICA
CONCH TICO REALTY
GECKO ARCHITECTURE
GIARDINO TROPICALE
GILDED IGUANA
HARBOR REEF LODGE
IMOS GUIONES (CASA TUCAN)
KELCO GLOBAL (CORKY’S SURF SCHOOL)
LAGARTA LODGE
LA VENTANA
NOSARA BEACH VILLAS
NOSARA HOME RENTALS
NOSARA REAL ESTATE
NOSARA TRAVEL
NOSARA YOGA INSTITUTE
PACIFIC LEGAL
PATOS CLUB
PLAYAS DE NOSARA COMMUNITY SCHOOL
RANCHO SUIZO
TIM SIVITER DEV
VISTA DEL MAR LODGE
WANDERLUST REALTY

There is still time to become a member of the NCA and thus be able to take advantage of the discounted rate we receive for medical insurance. One does not need to be a property owner to become a member of the NCA, just someone who loves Nosara.

NEWSLETTER ADDENDUM: I just received a copy of the ruling handed down by the Nicoya Labor Court judge regarding the Michael Sandweg labor suit appeal (claiming $350,000 for labor benefits) against the NCA. The judge has denied Michael’s appeal and ruled in favor of the NCA, which means that Michael, or really the firm the NCA contracted with, is required to pay 15% of this claim in legal fees to the NCA. In labor cases, the accuser is allowed a second appeal, so this may take another year to finally be settled.