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Exciting News For Playas Del Coco and surrounding communities…

Presented by:  Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties, Linda Gray Owner/Broker and Cynthia Urena
marketing and rental associate.

Coco Gas Station photo 1Por Fin, At last Coco will have a fully operational gas station. Introducing Servicentro El Coco.

The Fisherman Chamber of Guanacaste (started in 2,000) announces the grand opening of the new gas station in Coco Beach this Thursday, September 1st at 3:00 P.M. The Chamber members are commercial fishing boat owners and fisherman.  There are 700 members located from Cabo Blanco to Bahia Salinas.

The Chamber lobbied for and acquired the rights for licensed commercial fisherman (which includes boats providing tourist services) to purchase gasoline tax free!  To be eligible for this tax free benefit you have to get a license from INCOPESCA (goverment entity that oversees fishing related regulations and activities) and acquire an insurance policy from CCSS ( “caja” govermnet owned insurance entity).  There are only three categories of eligibility; 1) Artesanal (small boats that fish commercially) 2) Palangre (the larger commercial boats) and 3) turistico  (fishing as a tourist recreation).

The President of the Chamber is Martin Leonardo Contreras.  He has an interesting and community related
background:  born and raised in Coco from a family of fisherman and a former math teacher.
He was asked what motivated him to get involved and lead the Chamber and he replied stating that during his childhood and wonderful lifestyle his parents provided for  him (his family have been and are fisherman) he wants to pay back  the community of fisherman.

The chamber promotes and lobbies for the rights of fisherman and continuously works to maintain and enhance the Chamber’s goals and objectives. In addition to pursuing the gas station project (financial and service oriented objective) they are also involved in the social and Martin Contreras president of Fisherman Chamber of Guanacaste signing Banco Popular loan to finance the gas station (1) - Copycommunity interests of their members by investing in the advancement of their members’ education; 25% of the chamber income is dedicated to providing scholarships and helping schools where the members live.

The Chamber and Martin have diligently worked and with painstaking efforts to get the necessary permits and paperwork to have their gas station project become a reality (4 years). The project was approved during a general “asamblea” of chamber members.  After signing with RECOPE “Refinadora Costarricense de Petroleo” (another goverment entity) August 30, 2016, they are ready to open to the public  this coming Thursday September 1, 2016 at 3:00 P.M.  The station has 5 pumps offering;  super Gasoline, regular Gasoline and diesel, as well as the tax free gasoline for the licensed fisherman (one pump will be exclusive for the tax free gasoline).

The gas station project has been funded by Banco Popular de Costa Rica as well as with the backing of their 700 Chamber members.  Additionally, ADICOCO (Community association) and the local residents of Playas del Coco openly showed their  approval and support.

OK – now we share with you the location: the gas station is located 200 meters south from the Coco Public School. It will be open 24/7.  Think of the time and money we can save not having to drive all the way to Sardinal!  AND hopefully a very profitable venture for the Chamber and eventual scholarship endeavors.

Great news…. What is next for Coco?

Costa Rica Is Fighting Against Tobacco and its Effects on Public Health

TobaccoIn 2012, Costa Rican Government signed and implemented Law 9028, commonly known as Anti-Tobacco Law. Since its implementation, one person per day has been sanctioned for non-compliance with the law. According to the Health Ministry, they are sanctioning both, individuals and companies.

Health Ministry indicates that over 1,000 people have been charged with penalty fees as high as $8,000. Although this higher fees are not as common today as they were at the beginning.

One of the main goals that this law was trying to reach, was to protect non-smokers from the negative effects of cigarette smoke, and that is being accomplished. In this regard, people can report public transportation operators, such as taxi and bus drivers, for non-compliance through the Health Ministry website (www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr) and local Ministry offices all throughout the country.

Anyone who doesn´t comply with the Anti-tobacco law, will be charged about $80 and the penalty will stay in the individual´s record for up to 4 years.

Another advantages of this law is that the new taxes on tobacco products, allow the government to have additional resources to implement new and better control and prevention programs on tobacco uses. It prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors under 18 years of age. It forbids the selling of tobacco products on certain business types. Also, it prohibits publicity of tobacco products and brands, and forced all the tobacco producers to change the packaging on all of their products.

In less than five years, there are less cigarettes being sold in Costa Rica. Also, the amount of adult smokers from almost 500,000 in 2014 to around 300,000 in 2015. Additionally, the government is trying to reduce the amount spend on the treatment of diseases caused by cigarette smoke. In 2014, the Costa Rican medical authority spend over $127 million.

Original article taken from La Prensa Libre.

What´s Next for UBER in Costa Rica?

BA37D41EFCUBER has been operating in Costa Rica for one year. Yes, one year! Despite the fact that many want to see it come to a close. Others, have tried to block the app. And yet, others have reacted with violence against UBER drivers. The business is still running and becoming stronger.

Humber Pacheco, UBER manager in Costa Rica, gave and interview to La Republica, which we are summarizing here.

One of the major improvements UBER has accomplished in Costa Rica, is the opportunity to build small businesses. Some car owners, started with one car but now have several cars operating the business. They stablish schedules and split income with drivers. So, UBER is becoming a job source for those who cannot afford a new car, but are needing a job. Humberto Pacheco, says some of these partners are contacting each other through Facebook Pages and other marketing venues.

However, some drivers complain that their earnings are not as high as it was one year ago. According to Pacheco, this makes sense because the demand at the beginning was much higher than expected. Also, there are a lot more UBER drivers in Costa Rica today than there was one year ago. Despite that, UBER Costa Rica is not planning to limit the number of affiliated drivers or cars that are involved in the business.

Pacheco was clear to specify what UBER goal is. The company is not trying to compete with the official taxi drivers. The company is trying to offer a solution for people not to use their personal car in a regular basis. It is also trying to help the country in reducing the carbon dioxide emissions and reduce the amount of cars that are out on the street every day; and in that way, helping reduce traffic jams in the Central Valley.

One of the main concerns is that, UBER drivers who are working for another UBER Partner in Costa Rica will be exploited, and this will create a similar situation as what happens with taxi drivers in Costa Rica today. However, Pacheco did not offer much details about that and rather said that the market will accommodate itself, and that the laws of offer and demand will dictate what happens in the UBER “labor market”.

The last question was related to government regulation. As of today, UBER is not regulated by any government laws in Costa Rica. Pacheco, said they are open to government regulation because they are a legal company, but that any regulation should always be created to benefit the final consumer and not any company or group.

Finding Your Best Four Legged Friend in Costa Rica

By: Hellen Dunn Frame

zaguates“You don’t have to buy a dog in Costa Rica,” Expatriates will tell you “because so many strays roam the byways“.

On Sunday, October 9, 2011 Costa Rica celebrated World Animal Day in San Jose, and honored all forms of animal life. The celebration included a march against animal abuse. The event began in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day because it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  .

Another objective of the march was to collect signatures for Ley 7451 that would punish animal abuse. According to organizers they needed 152.000 signatures for the project to be presented before the Legislature to criminalize animal abuse. It all worked out because after almost 5 years, the aforementioned law was approved in July 2016.

The Coco Animal Rescue & Education (CARE) in Guanacaste works with the McKee Foundation, founded in Arizona but operating since 2003 in the Central Pacific in the communities of Costa Rica surrounding Jacó.  McKee Jacó opened its own veterinarian clinic, the Asociacion Pro Bienestar Animal Jacó Clinica Veterinaria, where they offer a full array of services including emergency care. It works with the Costa Rican Veterinary Licensing Board & Association.

C.A.R.E commits to helping sick and abandoned animals by conducting Spay/Neuter Clinics and education programs at the local schools about the health and proper care of pets.  The small group of likeminded volunteers tries to make a difference for the dogs and cats in Playas del Coco and surrounding communities.

Spay/neuter clinics are held the second Sat. of every month with a goal of treating, at least 30 animals. The Vet that holds the clinics comes from San Jose on Friday and brings his own team with him. CARE pays him $18 per surgery and charges the pet owner $10. If an animal has no owner CARE pays the full amount.  If the owner truly cannot afford to pay then the group picks up the tab also. It helps sick and injured street dogs, transports them to the Vet when needed, and provide medications and treatment for them. CARE also tries to find homes for homeless puppies and kittens and to help owners find homes for their pets by advertising them on their website and by word of mouth.

To obtain a pure breed, link to the Costa Rica Asociacion Canofila Costarricense Spanish website http://www.costarica-acc.com/

One company in Costa Rica that is supper pet friendly and they consider themselves dog lovers is Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties, located in Playas del Coco, it has real estate professionals to assist you in buying properties or obtaining short or long-term rentals of Costa Rica condos, houses and villas.

Linda Gray, Owner/Broker, can assist with purchasing Guanacaste oceanfront homes or condos, or villas and buildable lots.  Contact her by cell 8347-4704 or email linda@coldwellbankercr.com. Plus, save time searching for a reputable and well-priced rental car company by utilizing the company’s concierge services that have access to all rental car companies in the area. The US toll free number for Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties is 1 877 589 0539.

Want to Own Property in Costa Rica, But Won´t Use it All Year Round?

fractional1May be you have been down in paradise! May be you fell in love with Costa Rica the minute you step down from the plane! May be your dream is to own property in Costa Rica! But your main concern is, you won´t use it for many months during the year. May be you just want to be a few weeks in Costa Rica every year and then want to be back to wherever you call home. Then we have a solution for you!

Fractional Ownership! Yes, now you can own property in Costa Rica for only a few weeks a year and not worry about it for the time you are not in a country. The best part is, we are not talking about shared time at a hotel or a resort, we are talking about owning a fraction of your own exclusive condo.

But, how is that even possible? Four Seasons Resort Residence Club offers this fractional2amazing opportunity to own your
own 3 weeks at a luxury condo and enjoy all the resort amenities at a reduced price. If you were going to buy this condo for full ownership, it will cost $1,850,000. Yes, almost two million dollars! However, you can buy the right to use the condo and the resort amenities, 3 weeks per year, for only $220,000. No, wait, that was the old price. It has now been reduced to fractional3$170,000. Amazing!

What will you be buying into? It is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo with 2 Master Suites, all in one level with designer furnishings. It also has an enclosed terrace with a wet bar and an open spacious floor plan. Also, the condo is within walking distance to all the Four Season resort amenities and located in the prestigious Costa Rican Papagayo Gulf.

Which resort amenities are available? We are glad you asked! By buying your fractional ownership at the Four Seasons Resort Residence Club Costa Rica, you will have access to Golf (one of the best courses in the country), Tennis, Spa and Fitness Center, multiple pools for both adults and kids, calm bay for swimming, young adult recreation room, 4 restaurants, concierge services and acquatic activities like: kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, among others.

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Those it sounds good so far? Why not finding out more information? Contact our amazing friends at Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties and ask about the Four Seasons Resort Residence Club Fractional Ownership. Don´t forget to tell Linda Gray from Coldwell Banker that you find this own at Today In Costa Rica!

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