—Vida y tiempo—
When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly news letter —determined to tell all the good, bad, and the ugly. I knew some readers would be interested in the construction process. I expected others might be interested in the lifestyle of two people who had decided to live outside the box. For others, the adventures of lita, the parrot and the cat took on an entertainment saga all its own.
Residencias Los Jardines is finished. We periodically have resales and rental availability. Some readers may be interested in this information.
More and more, the content will be dominated by events of our new project, "El Dorado" for short. While the future is always uncertain, I again aim to tell it like it happens —the good, the bad, and the ugly, and that is what follows.
In an effort to make the format more interesting and visually appealing and to field inquiries re. El Dorado, the news letter is now being distributed by Jan Kozak, Marketing Manager, Hacienda El Dorado. I will remain the author.
Webdesign: Jan continues to add content and links to the website.
Sales: We sold two more Units at El Dorado and three more will likely materialize next week.
Office Building: We continue to wait for the permit.
Fence: This moves slowly along. The cement block work is nearly done; parging is underway.
Use of the Well Water: The D1 has been issued although we don't have it "in hand". We have to make a physical exchange of a sworn affidavit saying we are who we are and then we will get the actual document. This is suppose to happen Monday or Tuesday. Once we have the document, we will apply for the Concession, i.e. the right to use the water. What does the D1 say? Basically, that there are no environmental concerns relating to the well. The time table for the issuance of this was the week of May 19. Three weeks later, we have it. The "4-6 weeks" time line for the MINAE concession was someone's hallucinogenic dream. In light of what we now believe to be the procedure, we are trying to determine the time line.
Gaviones: We plug along at these--see pictures. They are rock retaining walls which will allow us to level building lots 14-17.
Redesign Buildings 14 and 18: I'm reviewing the new designs.
Winding Down: The block portion of the perimeter walls are nearly finished. We will subcontract out the balance of the fencing which will be chain link or cyclone fencing. Our labor-own work force will be reduced. The gaviones will continue as a sub contract as well.
In 1988, when Mrs. María Cristina Gutiérrez de Urbina returned from Stanford University with two Master of Arts degrees from its School of Education, one in Administration and Policy Analysis (APA) and one in Design and Evaluation of Educational Programs (DEEP), she brought with her a dream of creating an institution for higher learning. Subsequently, in 1989, Blue Valley School was founded. The school started with student community of thirty-eight and with time it has grown to well over 600 students attending Pre-School through Twelfth Grade. It now occupies a new purpose-built campus, regarded as one of the most beautiful and spacious in the country, on the Western end of the capital city of San José. Blue Valley is host to two computer labs, virtual classroom, one biology lab, one chemistry lab, and a physics classroom with lab equipment. The gymnasium, sports fields, and spacious lawns and gardens more than adequately provide for the students" recreational needs. A new administrative building and library facilities have recently been built in order to accommodate our burgeoning student population.
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June 20, 2008
Costa Rica Tourism Increases Despite U.S. Economic Woes
(Costa Rica Pages) When the U.S. economy began showing signs of weakness, many speculated as to whether American tourism to Costa Rica would also begin to decline. However, in news that reassures as much as it delights all that are involved in Costa Rican tourism, statistics show that not only have visits to the country not decreased, but they have actually increased in the past year.
June 20, 2008
Tourism Boom Threatens Costa Rica Eco-Paradise
TAMARINDO, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Pungent brown sewage spews into the Pacific ocean. In the background, cranes put up hotels and beachfront apartments.
June 20, 2008
(La Nacion) Costa Rica is the second country in Latin America that meets the best conditions for trade and business, according to the World Economic Forum, which ranked 118 countries.
June 19, 2008
Gas Pains Push Costa Rica Government Plans
(The Tico Times) Government officials warned Costa Ricans yesterday that the nation's oil bill by year's end could be double that seen in 2007, and they forecast more measures to stanch consumption.
June 18, 2008
A Third of Costa Rica Employers Plan to Hire Next Quarter
(The Tico Times) Most Costa Rican employers do not intend to expand their workforce within the next quarter, according to a nationwide survey released last week by Manpower.
June 17, 2008
Costa Rica Capital Could Be 1st Digital City in Central America
(CostaRicaPages.com) From small coffee shops to upscale restaurants, San Jose’s store owners know just how important it is to provide their increasing number of mobile customers with the digital services that they love so much. Indeed, many local San José businesses already proudly display the ubiquitous “WiFi Hotspot” stickers on their front doors. According to many area companies, non-profit organizations, and public institutions, Costa Rica’s capital city is well on its way to becoming Central America’s first “digital city.”
June 17, 2008
Spanish Companies to Invest $1 Billion in Costa Rica
Three of Spain’s biggest hotel chains have announced plans to expand in Costa Rica promising to bring more than $1 billion dollars in development.
June 16, 2008
Men Nabbed with $372K Say They Just Wanted Bananas
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Two men caught with $372,000 in cash near the Costa Rica-Panama border told police that they just wanted to buy some bananas.
June 14, 2008
Economist Intelligence Unit Country Report
The report provides a full overview of the current political and economic situation in Costa Rica and gives the reader an up to date summary of the latest developments within the country.