Annual General Meeting

The annual general assembly meeting was held January 24, 2006 with no major excitement. Elections took place and we wish to thank those who ran, but did not win. The new Board of Directors of the NCA is to take office on April 1:
President: Olivier Von de Weid
Vice-President: Marcel Schaerer
Secretary: Bobbi Johnson
Treasurer: Bonnie Murry
Vocal’s: Agnes Pinheiro
Greg Smith
Don Savage
Fiscal: Heide Cronqwist

Congratulations to all and “thank you” to those members who attended this meeting. It is our community.

NCA MEMBERSHIP
There seems to be some confusion about the NCA membership dues and community assessments. Many people have the impression that this payment will take care of the Municipality of Nicoya property taxes. NOT TRUE. Your property taxes must be paid in Nicoya every year. Bills are not mailed out, but this does not mean that they are not due. If you would like help with paying your property taxes, please us know.

Another misconception is that a part of the NCA community assessments goes for maintaining the secondary roads within the “Beaches of Nosara”. Again, this is not true. The NCA budgets an annual amount to use only for emergency repairs, as needed. If every property owner would maintain their frontage by filling potholes, keeping water right-of ways open and chopping the grasses, the ride would be much smoother for all. And beyond that, all new construction owners should be responsible for the damage done to the roads to their homes by heavy equipment.

The Board wishes to thank all those owners who have paid their annual NCA membership dues and community assessments, as this is how we survive. Second billing is enclosed, so please contribute.

LEGAL REPORT
The final appeal made by Michael Sandweg in his labor suit against the NCA was finally ruled on by the court. It was found that even though monies were taken without authorization, Michael still had “social” rights. Therefore, the NCA has to pay the Estate of Michael Sandweg almost $14,000. If the amount is not paid immediately to the court, interest will be added. We could pay the amount and then file a civil case to argue the decision, but that will take a couple of more years and would only incur more legal expenses.

The battle for the Parklands and privately owned properties that Richmond Phipps has put liens on and the fraud charges against ten individuals has a hearing on April 5.
The Costa Rican Sala IV (Supreme Court) has ruled that the area when the gas station has been built is still in question and is asking for another evaluation to determine whether or not it is a wetland. Thus, no operating permits have been granted. You can be assured that this decision will be appealed, but it is a great victory for Nosara.

WATER
Dry season is upon us and again the demand is overpowering the supply. Please conserve!! Maids, gardeners and construction workers, arriving early in the morning and opening every water connection, put a huge demand on the system. Think about doing your own wash at night and let the maid fold in the morning. Watering the roads is a total waste of this precious commodity. There are alternatives to watering. Native plantings will all return once the rains start in a month or so. A new 6” pipe was installed on the main road recently, which has helped service to Sections J and K. The ASADA has applied for a permit to dig a well on the NCA property in EE where the tanks are. This should help, but probably won’t be in service until the next dry season. Just for your information, burning lots is not legal

Website
Since you are reading this here, obviously, you have found that the www.nosaracivicassociation.com website is now online.

HOWLER PROJECT
As our community grows, so does the impact on the environment. More and more Howler monkeys are getting electrocuted because the natural canopy is being destroyed and un-insulated power lines are being used to make the crossings and death is often not immediate, but rather a slow horrible process. A group of concerned citizens met with electric company representatives and new insulated lines are being installed throughout the “Project”. This is an expensive, though very necessary, procedure and requires much funding. A US tax deductible corporation is accepting donations to the “Save the Howlers”. For more information, please contact Brenda Bombard: Brenda@reefrealtycr.com.

POSSIBLE AGM
The only point of contention at the annual AGM was the discussion about the possibility of the NCA building an office and rentals on one of the “Parklands”. It was decided that if this becomes a real possibility, it will be up to the members to decide whether or not they want to proceed, since it would change the “ecological restrictions” that have been placed on all the Parklands. We will keep you posted.

GARBAGE
As we all know, garbage is a major problem throughout the world and Nosara is no exception. With more and more “developments” being constructed, we have to seriously start thinking about where all the trash is going to go. At present, the local collectors are doing a very good job of collecting our “basura”, but they have neither the expertise nor the money to properly dispose of or manage the dump.

We all need to take responsibility for our trash. One of the best ways of doing this is to use returnable containers for beers or sodas. Avoid purchasing Coke products that are no longer available in returnable bottles. The switching to cans or plastic by Coca Cola is an environmental disaster. Reuse what you can when you can. The grocery bags work in waste baskets, but all trash that is put into your containers, should be put in strong bags. Why not share an animal proof trash receptacle with your neighbor?

Please make sure that you are current with your monthly trash bill, currently $10/month, for twice a week pick-up. Bills are paid at Super Nosara. You are responsible even if no one is in your home.

Some of the local schools are collecting plastics and cans in an effort to support projects they wish to accomplish to improve their schools. So separate and save.

FIRE TRUCKS IN NOSARA
Darin McBrantey, from Nosara Real Estate, has successfully secured the donation of two fire trucks for Nosara. They will be driven down from California. Now we need volunteers to man these trucks. How about changing the “bomba” (gas station) into a “bombero” (fire station)?

“VOICE OF NOSARA”
It seems as if the local newspaper, Voice of Nosara, may be coming back soon. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest edition. Welcome back.

AIRPORT
The Nosara airport is once again under the threat of being closed because of pedestrian and animal traffic. There are currently three schedules daily flights and many private charters. Fences are continually being opened by people for easy access across the runway and this permits animals to also enter.

Shortly, there will be a guard to monitor the perimeters and talk with the offenders. The guard and the constant repairs take community participation and contributions. If you are interested in keeping the Nosara airport from being shutdown (as it was a few years ago for almost two years), please contact Eduardo Céspedes at newsfund@racsa.co.cr or call him at 506-682-0181.

These business members support the NCA and The NCA supports these businesses

BOCAS TOURS
CAFÉ DE PARÍS
CASA ROMÁNTICA
CASA TORTUGA
CENTURY 21
COCONUT HARRY’S SURF SHOP
CONCH TICO REALTY
CONDOMINIOS CANADADIENSE
CORKY’S SURF SCHOOL
DEL MAR REALTY
GECKO ARCHITECTURE
GIARDINO TROPICALE
GILDED IGUANA
GUNTER’S QUADS
HARBOR REEF LODGE
HARMONY HOTEL
LAGARTA LODGE
LET’S GO NOSARA
MILESTONE DEVELOPMENT
NOSARA BEACH RENTALS
NOSARA BEACH VILLAS
NOSARA HOME RENTALS
NOSARA REAL ESTATE
NOSARA SURF SHOP
NOSARA TRAVEL
NOSARA YOGA INSTITUTE
PACIFIC LEGAL
PATOS CLUB
PLUMERIAS DEL MAR
RANCHO SUIZO
ROBIN’S ICE CREAM
SOUL ARCH PHOTOGRAPHY
TICA MASSAGE/NOSARA WORKOUT
VILLA MANGO B&B
VISTA DEL MAR LODGE
WANDERLUST REALTY