Annual General Meeting
The annual general assembly meeting of the NCA was held January 22, 2008. Elections took place and we wish to thank those who ran. The new Board of Directors of the NCA are:

President: Marcel Schaerer
Vice President: Randy Bombard
Secretary: Tiffany Atkinson
Treasurer: Rick Chalmers
Vocales: Bobbi Johnson
Remo Britschgi
Tony Santeiro
Fiscal: Peter Burke

Congratulations to all and “thank you” to members of the previous board and those NCA members who attended this meeting. It is our community and the board works for you, so please join.
Monthly board meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, at 8:00 am at the NCA office. Members are invited to attend.

NCA MEMBERSHIP
There seems to be some confusion about the NCA membership dues and community assessments. Many people have the impression that their NCA dues 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 you don’t owe. If you would like help with paying your property taxes, please let us know.
Second billing is enclosed is enclosed (unless you are currently a member), so please contribute to your community. You can pay by check or via a transfer to our Banco Nacional account #200-02-013-000835-1. Be sure to include your lot # in “concepto”.

NCA GOALS FOR 2008
*Work with the local town associations to improve working relationships to attain common goals.
* Regulatory Plan
* Aquifer study
* Complete study of the Refuge
* Municipal assistance
* Paving of Route 160
*Work with the municipality of Nicoya, local town associations and the national planning department on a Regulatory Plan for Nosara.
*Work with the parks department (MINAE) to establish a management plan for the Refuge and the maritime zone.
*Work with private and public organizations to further protect our Green Zones while continuing surveys.
*Work with the local schools, Coca Cola. “Ceverceria” (the beer company), Bandera Azul and MINAE to set up
educational programs for recycling and protection of the environment.
*Work with the trash collectors to improve and legalize the handling of our garbage and the “dump”.
*Work with the national electric company (ICE) to promote the use of insulated power lines to prevent monkey electrocutions.
*Work with the Airport Committee to maintain the airport.
*Work with local businesses to encourage and increase the participation of business owners (especially developers and real estate agents) in the CIVICS of the community. And to standardize road signage with “park” type signs and clean up the “sign pollution”.
*Work to maintain our “Clean Beach” status.
*Work with owners to protect their property.
*Work to provide the quality of living and enjoyment of the area as per our mission.

NCA GREEN ZONES
The board of the Nosara Civic Association is getting serious about defining clearly and protecting its biggest asset: the 23 parcels of parkland (77 hectares) scattered throughout the American Project.
The NCA’s initiative to protect parklands is a two-pronged approach. First, all the parklands are being surveyed to define property lines and to spot areas where private landowners may have “gone over the line.” Secondly, the NCA has established a plan for contacting all private landowners to resolve possible encroachments revealed by the surveys.
Please contact us if you feel that there may be a question about your property line. We want to work with you.
The possibility exists that the NCA may register the designated Green Zones as private reserves and/or Costa Rican protected areas. (The NCA will still own the properties, it’s just to protect these areas forever.)

SURVEYING OF THE MARITME ZONE
The national surveyors have been given a grant to determine the 50 and the 200 meter maritime zones of the Refuge Ostional. This information will be used to determine encroachments within the Refuge.

BANDERA AZUL
Playa Guiones received its “Blue Flag” for clean beaches for the fifth year. Playa Pelada did not.

WWW.NOSARACIVICASSOCIATION.COM
The NCA website is up and running and looks very nice. Next step is to get the new map on the site and to have a Community Service page.
The NCA is getting ready to do the second printing of its rack card map that will have only NCA business members as reference points along with each business’ contact information. Please confirm your email address so we can start using the Yahoo account for regular emails.

PROPERTY WARNING
With all the sales of properties which have been occurring over the years, the NCA has lost track of who the owners. No one is obligated to inform the NCA of neither a sale nor who the new owner is. It has been very difficult for us to be your “eyes” if we don’t know who you are.
For those of you who have owned your properties for many years please be wary of any deal that “seems to be too good to be true”, it probably is. It appears that long-time owners are selling their lots to someone who calls them “out of the blue”. Nosara real estate is at a premium so PLEASE check our website for Nosara real estate companies to get an idea of the value of your property or contact us.

WATER
The annual general assembly meeting of the ASADA (our water company) was held on February 6. A new board of directors was elected.
President: Rick Walker
Vice-President: Randy Bombard
Treasurer: Peter Burke
Secretary: Karen Haskin
Vocales: Chiqui Yaniz
Kattia Porras
John Ermatinger
Fiscal: Heide Cronqwist

Currently there is a moratorium on all new water connections. Applications are being received, but until such time as the ASADA knows whether or not the aquifer can sustain the demand, there will be no new meters. If you would like to receive up-to-the-minute up-dates on water, please contact Rick, surfschool@hotmail.com.
Dry season is upon us so please conserve!! Let’s hope for an early rainy season.

WEATHER
We have been fortunate this dry season by not having many of the “Guanacaste” winds and the company selling molasses to control road dust has been thrilled with the few rains we’ve had in February and March.

GARBAGE
We can no longer look to the municipality of Nicoya to accept its responsibility for collecting our trash. Nicoya’s dump has been closed for health reasons. So it is up to us to take charge of our garbage.
Last year, Natalie Vargas analyzed our trash for six moths. Her findings show that about 85% of the trash received at the dump is reusable. 55% is organic material, which can be used for composting and 30% is recyclable.
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 our trash.

We all need to take responsibility for our trash.
* Reduce
* Reuse
* Recycle

Please separate your recyclables when putting your garbage out. There are people at the dump who go through our trash and separate for recyclables. Their job will be much easier if we separate first. Using transparent bags, crushing cans and plastics will help. Removing the caps from the glass products will also make separation easier.
The NCA is working to determine who the owner of the dump is and to make the collection company legal.
Please pay your monthly bill.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 300+ MEMBERS

NCA BUSINESS MEMBERS:
CASA ROMANTICA
CENTURY 21-NOSARA
CENTURY 21-SAN JOSE
COLOR CHAMPAGNE
CONCHTICO REALTY
CONDOMINIOS DE LAS FLORES
CONSTRUCTORA B.R. DE NOSARA
CORKY CARROLL’S SURF SCHOOL
DETALLES Y ACABADOS
EL PUNTO, JUAN SURFO’S SURF SHOP
ENCHANTED FOREST
ESTANCIA
FARMACIA SAN ANTONIO
FROG PAD
GIARDINO TROPICLAE
GILEDED IGUANA
HARBOR REEF
HARMONY HOTEL
KAYASOL
KEARMY SECURITY
LARGARTA LOGGE
LIC. ALVARO ALQUILAR-SABORIO
LIC. ANDRES CONZALEZ
LIC. MARIO VARGAS
LODGE VISTA DEL MAR
MINI SUPER DELICIAS DEL MUNDO
NOSARA BEACH RENTALS
NOSARA BEACH VILLAS
NOSARA BOCA TOURS
NOSARA HOME RENTALS
NOSARA PROPERTY
NOSARA SURF SHOP
NOSARA TRAVEL
NOSARA YOGA INSTITUTE
RANCHO SUIZO
REEF REALTY
REEF TRAVEL
REFUGIO ANIMALES DE NOSARA
REFUGIO DEL SOL
ROBIN’S ICE CREAM
SAFARI SURF SCHOOL
SOUL ARCH PHTOGRAPHY
SUPER NOSARA
TICA MASSAGE
TROPICANA DISCOTEQUE
VILLAS LAS TECAS
VILLA MANGO
VILLA TORTUGA
VISTA DEL PARASIO
VIVERO TROPICALE NOSARA
WANDERLUST REALTY

NOSARA TELEPHONES & ZIP
Effective March 20 the phone numbers in Costa Rica will go to 8 digits. Land lines will add a 2 to the front of the number and cell phones will add an 8. The 506 area code will remain the same. Our new # is 2682-0008.
New address is 5233-Bocas de Nosara, 50206 CR, Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.