Newsletter, March 2016
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Another Semana Santa has come and gone...

We saw a record number of people coming to enjoy our beautiful community. Many businesses reported that sales were at an all-time high. But the increase in visitors also increased our trash and put more stress on our water system. Nosara needs long-term planning to manage growth, both seasonal and permanent, while preserving the unique character of the place we love. 

One of the main avenues available to us is a Territorial Zoning Plan to address sustainable growth. The Municipality of Nicoya is in charge of developing the plan, with the NCA expecting to bring community input to the proposal. 

In the meantime, you can make an immediate, tangible improvement by taking a trash bag with you when you walk the beach. Even better, participate tomorrow, March 31, in the beach clean-up, organized by local businesses, starting at 7:30 am. Meet at the the North entrance or Palm Tree.

What's up with the trails?

Signage is 75% complete, and more and more people report that they're using the trails. When someone asks you for directions, suggest a walk instead of a drive! Click here to download our trails map. 

The next step will be a phone app to help people navigate the trails efficiently. It will also promote our business members and show you where they are located. Stay tuned!  

And finally, the sale of the Nosara Bench is helping us raise funds to maintain the trails. Buy a bench for your house or to be placed on the trails. Give hikers and bikers a place to catch their breath! A double-wide bench costs $175, and for another $25 you can add a personalized plaque. Follow this link to buy one. If you're a business owner and would be willing to display a bench at your business, contact us at Thanks! 

Beach improvements and protection
Did you know that 90% of the visitors to our beaches don't know they are in a refuge? The NCA is collaborating with TORTUGuiones to create an informational brochure and to post signs at beach entrances to let people know about the refuge and its regulations under the Ministry of the Environment

These regulations prohibit bonfires, motorized vehicles, and extraction of flora. We know that some people love these activities, but they do harm our beach and its wildlife -- including the turtles. The brochure will explain WHY these regulations are needed. Join us in spreading awareness by sponsoring the brochure or featuring it at your business. For more information or to request copies of the brochure, contact: 

It's almost April -- a good time to buy a compost  tumbler

Nosara Recicla, a partner of the NCA,  reminds you to compost your organic waste instead of sending it to the landfill. 50% of what goes to the landfill is compostable.

The Recycling Association is selling this bottom-less tumblers for $40.  For more information, email: 

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