San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Flamingo/Potrero News

The Flamingo Beach Association has started a campaign to raise $800 to plant trees and plants on the roadside along FlamingoBeach, from the corner of the Flamingo Beach Hotel to The Palms. To motivate people to contribute, planting of trees has already begun so that residents can see the reality and will want to make a donation. Contributions may be made to the association’s account or to Donovan García at the Flamingo Beach Resort. For information, e-mail

A surprise birthday party was held for Potrero resident Cheryl Eckhart May 22 at Mar y SolRestaurant in Flamingo. Friends came to celebrate her special day, and she was pleasantly surprised. Mar y Sol is now closed on Tuesdays and for special occasions during the rainy season.

Robert Almquist of Flamingo recently was involved in a terrible car accident on the way to San José. He had multiple surgeries for his injuries at CIMAHospital and has now returned home for what is expected to be a long rehabilitation. Luckily, Jack Osbourne came upon the scene and stayed with Robert until the ambulance arrived, and made sure his belongings were with him. He made the appropriate contact to reach his family right away. Jack and his wife, Donna, have been true community friends. Robert and his wife, Gayle, and daughter, Annikas, have many family and friends here helping them during this time.

We all wish him a speedy recovery.

Our condolences go to Potrero homeowner Zoraida Díaz and her children, Nina and Oscar, for the recent passing of Zoraida’s father. Funeral services were held in Washington, D.C., in his honor.

Guitarist Mario Martín gave a bon voyage concert May 15 at the Sunset Lounge at Flamingo Beach Resort. With the low season upon us, Mario has left Costa Rica until his planned return in September.

Beach CommunityChurch friends Christian and Jaime Fautz welcomed their new baby girl, Eden Joy, to their family April 15. Born at the healthy weight of 8.64 pounds, she is a cutie with a nice head of brown hair and deep-blue eyes like her mom’s. Jaime’s mother came down from the U.S. to be with the family for the first two weeks, and then Christian’s mother came for a visit as well.

Flea market and yard and craft sale fans may enjoy the new Mercado en el Jardín, to be held weekly from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting tomorrow at the corner of the road to Sardinal-Coco and Idea Verde, across from the new Donde Johan restaurant. Space rental costs $5 per day for 10 square meters. For information, e-mail

–Babe Hopkins

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