NCA NEWSLETTER
March 2005
NCA MEMBERSHIP 2005-2006

ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE NCA
About 75 members of the NCA attended the Annual General Assembly Meeting which was held on January 25, 2005. The membership approved the following mission statement of the NCA.

The mission of the Nosara Civic Association is to preserve the total environment of the Beaches of Nosara by protecting against improper use of its assets, careless pollution and irresponsible development. The NCA promotes an understanding of the environment and careful community development through advocacy, conflict resolution and the dissemination of information. The new board of directors will strive to fulfill this mission.

A new Board of Directors was elected for a one year term, starting April 1, 2005.
President: Bobbi Johnson
VP: Olivier Van der Weid
Secretary: Bonnie Murry
Treasurer: Heide Cronqwist
Fiscal: Phil Donatelli
Vocals: Marcel Schaerer,
Greg Smith
Blain McClary

The board wishes to thank all the new and old members of the NCA for their support and contribution to the community. It was nice to see new faces. We look forward to working together for our mutual benefits and well being.

Also, check out our new logo. Thank you to our marketing committee.

The board of directors of the Nosara Civic Association would like to thank all the members who have joined the association for another year and have shown their support for our community. Also, thank you to below businesses for their “business” memberships. We look forward to serving the community and working with you.

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

Again, thanks for your support.

BANDERA AZUL ECOLOGICA
At the Casa Presidencial, on February 16, Playa Pelada received its third Bandera Azul flag and Playa Guiones, its second. Let’s continue to work to maintain our “clean beach” status.

NEW OFFICE LOCATION
On April 1, 2005, the NCA office will be located on the low road to Playa Pelada next door to Los Condominios Las Flores. The office will be run by volunteers, so please call 682-0008 before stopping by. We soon hope to establish regular hours for your convenience. This is a temporary move until such time as the NCA can construct its own building. We are still hoping that someone is willing to donate a piece of property that has good visibility and access to the NCA for this venture. Please let us know if you have anything suitable and are willing to contribute to the community.

LEGAL BATTLES
Neither the labor suit by Michael Sandweg against the NCA nor the NCA’s criminal suit against him has been settled.

There is now another criminal suit that has been filed against 10 people (one being the President of the NCA) for fraud against the state registry by Richmond Phipps. She is claiming that seven of the Parklands the NCA received from Amigos de Nosara (45 hectares) and 39 other private properties, some which have existing homes on them, were segregated from the wrong “Mother Finca” and that she is the rightful owner all these lands. She has frozen all the properties and has put private property signs up. This will be another long legal battle.

NCA MEMBERSHIP DUES AND COMMUNITY ASSESSMENTS
Enclosed with this newsletter are the second billing of NCA dues and assessments. These collected funds are the operating monies the NCA uses to continue to protect our community. We always seem to be fighting our battles in the courts (as can be seen in the above) and that takes money so, please help us do our job.

GARBAGE
Garbage is a problem in Nosara as it is through out the world. We are very fortunate to have an area of land that was donated for the dump and twice weekly collection. But now this land is being filed by more than the Nosara community and it is becoming a major concern. The NCA is working with a committee that is investigating the improvement of the “dump”. There are many people who never pay their garbage bills, even though they are creating trash, and others who insist on using only non-returnable plastics and aluminum instead of returnable bottles. The bottles and cans are recyclable, but it is difficult to get the Coke or the beer companies to come collect them. Coke is now coming to get their plastics. Beer has said that they will recycle all aluminum cans. There are various programs for collecting cans or plastic which benefit the schools with sports equipment. Save the cleaned/crushed recyclables in large bags for these schools projects.

WATER/ASADA
The temporary volunteer board of the new water company (ASADA) has been working very hard to upgrade the 30 year old water infrastructure and to improve service to its customers by installing new lines, digging new wells and building new storage tanks. Dry season is a hard time to be working on the system because consumption of the water is so high due to garden watering and construction. Unfortunately, these have caused water service to be interrupted at times and the board apologizes for the inconvenience.
There are many ways to conserve water; plant native plants in your garden that do not require watering in dry season, use grey water to water the yard if you insist on watering, shower rather than filing a tub, turn off the faucet while washing dishes, brushing your teeth and shaving, etc. A suggestion when building is to add a storage tank to collect rain waters to use in dry season.

There will be a General Assembly meeting of the qualified members of the ASADA to be held on April 18, 2005 at 9:00 am. A new board of directors will be elected. Please plan on attending this important meeting.

ASADA phone number is 682-0234.