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Flamingo/Potrero News

Playa Potrero’s first solar panels were recently installed on the roof of the community classroom, otherwise known as the Kids Club. Abriendo Mentes (, a community-development nonprofit organization located in Playa Potrero, holds weekly English classes and community events in the Kids Club.

The solar panels were donated by Pura Vida Energy Systems, S.A, a company that donates 10 percent of its profits to support locals. This generous donation will produce natural, renewable energy, which will reduce the cost of electricity in the Kids Club and allow the space to continue growing sustainably. 

The Coast Guard is beefing up its presence in the Pacific and northeastern regions of Costa Rica. The agency will have a new station in Tortuguero in the province of Limón and a stronger presence in Murciélago in La Cruz, in the north Pacific. The U.S. is investing $1.25 million for infrastructure at the Flamingo station, according to the Public Security Ministry. Uncle Sam’s interest is generated by the war on drugs.

The Happy Snapper has reopened for business. The needed renovations are complete and everyone is invited to stop in and enjoy the usual specials. For more information and reservations, please call 2654-4413. Flamingo restaurant Mar y Sol has a kickoff in June with weekend specials. Don’t forget Maxwell’s Café and Bar, El Coconut, The Shack and El Castillo in Surfside, which are also great choices. 

Force One Security, which is certified by the Public Security Ministry, and Access Control are pleased to announce plans to expand their current operations into the Playa Coco and surrounding area markets. Force One Security was formed in late 2007 and has secured hundreds of clients between Nosara and Potrero. They offer central-station monitoring and armed response between Playa Langosta and Playa Potrero, including Playa Grande, Flamingo and surrounding areas.  For more info, contact Terry Anderson at 2653-0962 or 8855-6945, or email him at

–Babe Hopkins

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