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Arenal Report

Costa Rica’s Environment Court has come to the aid of Lake Arenal’s hidden, fabled neighbor lake, Cote, where early in October wandering Arenal residents discovered earthmoving equipment hard at work making building pads above the western shore. The environmental organizations Fuentes Verdes, Asociación Confraternidad Guanacasteca, and the international organization Preserve the Planet filed a complaint with the Municipality of Tilarán and sent that and photos of the work to the court. Lago Cote is actually just over the Guanacaste border with the province of Alajuela, though the western shore may be within Guanacaste and, thus, within the Tilarán cantón. No permit for the project was found in Tilarán.

Though LakeCote is just a dot on the map, it supposedly is bottomless and was once explored by deep-sea diver Jacques Cousteau. More fantastically, experts supposedly were unable to disprove the authenticity of the photo taken from a Costa Rican mapping plane of a supposed UFO just before it dove into the lake. We can be fairly certain that it did not carry Cousteau, whose submersibles did not require supra-surface momentum.

Local chef Tyrone Rodríguez, last seen opening the restaurant Sabor Fusion in Tilarán, is opening a restaurant he calls Las Brisas del Lago within three minutes’ walk of his home in the village of San  Luis. Leaving former partners to run Sabor Fusion at Tilarán’s busiest intersection, he now will do his cooking in a quieter breezy location with a great view of Arenal Volcano, as well as a broad expanse of the lake. Now offering national cuisine as well as his signature international dishes, Tyrone advises that the restaurant will be acogedor, or welcoming and cozy.

The restaurant, on the left not far past San Luis’ first house, will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., except on Sundays, when it will open at 1 p.m. Tyrone trained for three-and-a-half years at Mucho Gusto Restaurant in San José, and he has more than 10 years’ experience.

Alex Murray


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