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