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Saturday, May 28, 2022

In search of new horizons and old turtle traps in Manuel Antonio

How do you build a turtle trap out of rocks? Here's the surprising answer, with ocelots, cliff-climbing and a thunderstorm in Manuel Antonio.

New law grants land concessions to Ostional Wildlife Refuge residents

A new law passed this month aims to give peace of mind to the locals who have been living in the refuge since before it was declared in 1983.

President voices support for extending moratorium on maritime zone evictions

The president said he envisions the moratorium extending to other coastal communities on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. While much of the attention regarding the Maritime Zone Law has focused on the inhabitants of the Caribbean coast, residents on the Pacific coast also are affected.

Lawmakers pass ‘Coastal Urban Zone’ bill that will protect maritime zone residents from eviction

Of 47 lawmakers present in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, 42 voted in favor of a bill that will allow thousands of coastal residents in the maritime zone to keep their homes and businesses.

Debate over maritime zoning legislation heats up

For years along Costa Rica’s azure coasts, thousands of men and women have cast their nets into the ocean, which has returned to them a humble subsistence via artisanal fishing.

Ombudsman’s Office orders investigation of anti-riot police behavior during coastal protest

A peaceful protest over land rights in Costa Rica’s maritime zone sparked a violent backlash from police on the Pacific coast last Monday, as anti-riot officers used tear gas to remove dozens of protesters from the Inter-American Highway in Puntarenas.
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