I managed to get an answer from the “Municipalidad de Sta Cruz” based on a beachfront lot we have for sale about 300 meters before Hotel Capitan Suizo.  We asked for an “Uso del Suelo” for this  vacant  lot,  located on the beach of Playa Tamarindo and within the “Zona Maritimo Terestre”. It is a lot with “Escritura” or a so called Titled land or “area privada en la zona maritimo terrestre”. We have asked for the possibility to build on it and what the restrictions are in terms of height, setback and density. The answer was a letter explaining that there is currently no “Plano Regulador” in place in this area and it will depend on which of  the 3 different possible zoning`s like  1. residential, 2. tourism and accommodation or 3. commercial and services will apply for this area.   In short  the maximum height for all 3 zones will be 16 meters (52.5 feet).  Maximum footprint coverage of construction is 60-65% of the lot size, and set backs between 3 to 5 meters. More details, see here at the original document:  Page 1,    Page 2

The rest of the land on the beach within the 200m “Zona Maritimo Terrestre”  which is called “concesion” will have a maximum of 14 meters and 3 stories as recently announced by La Gaceta.

100 bridges for the monkeys, mainly for the Howlers called Mono Congo had been placed along the Coast between Potrero and Junquillal so the Monkeys can travel as they used to; without being electrocuted because using cables or in danger by traffic or dogs.  The organization Salvemonos (I love that name) founded by Pato,  Simona from Hotel Luna Llena and  then was  joined by Hotel Capitan Suizo and their team, have managed with the University of Costa Rica, Coopeguanacaste, ICE, ICT, Municipalidad, Minae and Minaet within 5 years to make it happen. They are looking for volunteers like neighbors to watch and report important things regarding these bridges. It could take up to one year until the monkeys use these new bridges in order to  travel as they did before. Their diet contains fruits, leaves and flowers. Some trees produce a toxic liquid  if the monkeys eat leaves and flowers to often from one single tree, because they cant travel, they get sick or even die. Amazing how nature works and it’s great to see such projects and peolpe who care. A wonderful example, so lets support Salvemonos and the people behind them.

by: centralamericalink.com

Sharp reductions in the prices of cars using environment-friendly technology are expected in Costa Rica from next month.

The Traffic Law that comes into force in April includes a full waiver of the Selective Consumption Tax on such vehicles.

However, the ministry of the environment, energy and telecommunications has still to define exactly which vehicles that are available in the Costa Rican market are sufficiently green to qualify for the benefit.