says water woes may close Pacific hotels
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
A lawmaker warned Monday that the shortage of water in Guanacaste might
cause hotels to close in the next few weeks.
The domestic water crisis caused by a prolonged drought has been
overshadowed in the news by the problems facing farmers and ranchers in
But the lawmaker, Juan Marín, said that even a major hotel like
the Barceló might be forced to close due to the lack of water.
That would leave 250 employees without jobs, he said.
shortage has caused the hotel management to spend $55,000 during July
just to bring in water, the lawmaker told the
the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados.
However, there are many other smaller water systems in the area.
Marín said that today he and fellow lawmakers who represent that
will meet with the leadership of the national water company to seek
The dry spell is a result of the El Niño conditions in the
months ranchers have been cutting their herds and moving animals to
other locations so they could find forage. There has been a promise of
an emergency decree.
Marín also said that the proliferation of drug sales on the
hurting tourism in Tamarindo as did the closing of the local airport
due to asphalt breaking up on the runway
Ministerio de Gobernación,
Policía y Seguridad Pública photo
|Fuerza Pública officers are
intercepting quantities of illegally cut timber nearly every day. This
might be a sign of the economic times. The truck above contained
1,500 pieces of Melina (Gmelina
arborea) and the trucker had
|incomplete papers. Police found more
wood Monday in northern Costa Rica, and they even rescued two pacas or
tepezcuintles who appeared to have been designated for dinner.
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exit fine directed at Nicaraguan workers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Some perpetual tourists in Costa Rica are verging on paranoia because
they think they will be hit with a $100 fine if they are delayed in
leaving the country to renew a visa.
The Nicaraguan domestic, construction and agricultural workers are the
ones who should be paranoid. That's because the fine does not apply to
tourists but only to those with expired residency and labor permits,
according to the immigration agency.
The fine is one of those measures that has been on the books for four
years and is just now coming into force.
The measure specifically targets the thousands of Nicaraguans who come
to Costa Rica on 30-day visas seeking jobs and those who already are
here on employment visas.
The Costa Rica government has been trying hard to learn the size of the
Nicaraguan population here and get each the proper paperwork. Officials
have established a series of amnesties. The period for the last
residency amnesty ended July 31. About 10,000 persons in domestic
employment, construction and agricultural work signed up.
The fine went into force Aug. 1, so Sept. 1 is the
the immigration officials will be collecting it at the border. In
addition, those who have overstayed
their permissions will have to remain outside the country for three
times the period that they were here with expired paperwork, according
to the Dirección General de Migración y
Part of the confusion among perpetual tourists comes from statements
over the years by officials. Some have said the fines would apply to
A spokesperson for the immigration agency said Monday that this is not
the case and that tourists will not be affected.
Another pileup at the border is likely because those who overstayed
have to pay their fine 48 hours earlier at Banco de Costa Rica.
those affected do not know about the law although the newspapers in
Managua have covered the situation in detail.
Perpetual tourists are those persons who live in Costa Rica, may even
have jobs here and renew their tourism visa by leaving the country
periodically. They usually are First World citizens who merit a 90-day
The attitude of the current administration toward perpetual tourists
has yet to be demonstrated.