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Tamarindo Talk

Although we’ve had many false hopes for the paving of the road from 27 de Abril to Villareal, it looks like the day may finally have arrived. On May 28, Dr. Pedro Castro Fernandez, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, signed a contract for the Raasa Construction Company, SA, to do the much needed work on the vital road. Two days later, the contract was endorsed by the Legal Affairs Management at CONVI, and the preparations for the work are underway. With this order, Raasa has 210 calendar days to complete the execution of work on the road. The 13.5-kilometer route goes from 27 de Abril to Villareal, and will be two lanes with ballast and asphalt payment, as well as cement sidewalks.

Some really good news out of Hacienda Pinilla. Looks like the 4,500 acre project, which maintains a very ecologically sound perspective in its development, will not be sold to outside investors. Instead, Hacienda Pinilla will remain in the family of its founder and former president HG “Pat” Pattillo. Instead, the developer’s granddaughter, Bree McClure Pattillo will be the new president of the Board of Agroganadera Pinilla, S.A. She has been a director of the company and holds positions at Pattillo Construction Corporation and various real estate companies in the United States.

Local Rex Barnes has put the word out that he is a United States licensed general contractor available for remodeling, roofing and gutter, ceramic tile, ceilings and drywall, electrical, painting and patching and plumbing. You can reach the talented man at 2653-1432 or email him at

On June 16, there will be a bike ride called Ciclistica Recreative, sponsored by the Villareal High School and Cindea Haucas. The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. and to join up its ₡3,000 for students and ₡5,000 for the general public. The proceeds from the event will go towards buying a water system and lighting for the students. To find out more, call 2653-0716 or 8824-7955.

It looks like the 3 Kings Poker League has a new champion. In the final standings, which came about after the year’s final tournament a few weeks ago, Henrik Bodholdt was no. 1 with $3,008 in the annual winnings. Even though Luis Alejandro Giralt won the final tournament, he was no. 2 in the final standings with $1,731 in earnings for the year. Remember, there is a Texas Hold’em poker game every Friday at the Diría Casino. For more information, email

June 20 is International Surfing Day, and once again the Tamarindo Surfrider Foundation is having a fundraiser to support the people who clean up area beaches. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Langosta Beach Club, with live music, food and drink specials, as well as a silent auction. You can get more information by facebooking: Mike Clifford, Wendy Boerner, Clifford Lock Cooper or Murray Greer.                  

–Ellen Zoe Golden

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