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  1. Overview Enjoy our cool/spacious 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom., Family Home with great views of Vulcan Baru/open concept living./dining./sitting room combo/overlooking small man-made pond & backyard. Kitchen with eat in counter, laundry rm. outdoor patio. Parking-WiFi,TV,AC, 10 mins-shopping. Minimum, monthly rental at a rate of $1475.00 per month including electricity, water, garbage pickup, and Internet. The space We love the open concept entrance which immediately provides a view through the large sliding double doors of the living room into the backyard, the green space and the man-made pond. Guest access Access to Three (3) bedrooms of four (4), 2.5 full washrooms /laundry room, rear porch/ covered side porch with seating and hammock/backyard Interaction with guests We will be out of the country but will collaborate/consult with guests on a weekly basis to enquire about their comfort & satisfaction. Other things to note The community houses a small hotel, spa, gym and civic centre. However, services there are unavailable to our guests unless with special dispensation upon request (14 days in advance) 2.webp 4.webp 5.webp 6.webp 7.webp 9.webp 10.webp
  2. From Newsroom Panama this morning (May 26) Two new convention centers on stream Posted on May 25, 2016 in Panama PANAMA’S ability to attract conferences will get a shot in the arm from the redesigning of the stalled Convention Center in Amador and plans for a center in Boquete The Panama Tourism Authority has announced that it has redesigned the Amador project, which has been suspended for a year after the original construction company ran out of money. Authority Manager Gustavo Him said that the building will be used for conventions and “not social events,” which he said will generate more revenue. He explained that the new design includes more parking, more flor space and new entries. It will cost $193.7 million and be ready in mid-2018. He also announced plans to build a convention center in Boquete. The consortium CCA-COCIGE, which consists of CCA Building Panama, S.A., China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. and Construcciones Civiles Generales, S.A., is now in charge of the project. This controversial project was awarded to the consortium HPC-Contrata-P&V. But in December 2014 it informed the authorities that it did not have the liquidity to finish it. The transfer to the new entity was approved in January.
  3. New to Boquete? Visiting? Been here a while and like to socialize? Join Meet Boquete Newcomers! for our monthly social Friday, Nov. 23 at the Inn at Paulo Alto. Cash bar at noon. A special BBQ style lunch will available at 1 pm only with advance RSVP to the Inn. Call (507) 720.1563 or (507) 6461.9134. Menu will be smoked chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans and cole slaw.$10 per person. For notices of our monthly socials, join the Facebook Group, Meet Boquete Newcomers! https://www.facebook.com/groups/905528012953480/. Or ask to be put on our email list by sending a note to boquetenewcomers@gmail.com.
  4. Are you planning a Family vacation or Business trip? Need someone to look after your home and furry members of the family? Leave your home in good hands! Boquete Home & Pet offers you: - House sitting - Pet care in general - Plant care/watering Contact by email: boquete.jp97@gmail.com Phone number: 64709025 Call today!
  5. Yesterday's hike was fun as, we hiked in an area, I have not hiked on for a year or more. Palmira Abajo the area, we hiked, has many wonderful country lanes one of the reasons why, I enjoy hiking this highland area in the Boquete District as there are so many trails to choose, from easy to difficult. For the Boquete Nature Hike group on "Easy Wednesday", I choose trails easy to maneuver on for a 2-3 hour morning nature walk. Nevertheless, I do insist that you must be in good health to join this group. Hope you join us one morning! Here are a few of my photos from yesterday's hike. Explore Dream Discover
  6. Well it's been a busy month in Boquete with Panama's Patriotic Holidays. More is to come. Our mayor announced the last two weeks of the month including this weekend will be filled with many cultural events. Beginning this Friday or Saturday at 5 P.M. in the main park, we gringos have named Central Park located across from the Restaurante Baru. There will be of Tipico Folkloric Dancing groups from all over the country and from other Latin American countries with the women in their Polleras (traje tipico). This is not to be missed! Another event taking place this weekend on Sunday Boquete's own Cabalgata (horse parade) riding down main street and to top it off hundreds of bands marching in Boquete town probably happening on the 29th. which is Independence Day from Spain. Wow! How exciting is this. Remember to do all your shopping in the morning before 10 A.M. as there will be much traffic going into Bajo Boquete and in town, as well driving out of Bajo Boquete early evening and later. Enjoy Panama and it's culture.
  7. This ideally located one bedroom, one bathroom apartment is above Multi Bank tucked in the back corner of the building. it has a full kitchen with washer and dryer, The queen-sized bed and bathroom are above in the spacious loft. It is fully furnished and newly decorated. Only $650 per month plus utilities. High speed internet and cable tv available. This is a non-smoking apartment. Prefer a minimum 6 month rental, but negotiable. Call or email for an appoint: Ruby Mckenzie. 6671-3021 or hmm.ruby@gmail.com
  8. News report of fatal shooting of Sr. Edwin Arauz last night in Boquete. For info. http://www.critica.com.pa/sucesos/homicidio-en-boquete-459540
  9. This beautiful home sits overlooking Boquete's only 18 hole professionally designed golf course, with additional mountain views. Lucero Golf & Country Club is one of the most prestigious and sought after private, gated communities in Boquete. A new restaurant has just opened, and in addition to the fine golf course, Lucero has the only clay tennis courts in the area.The 4,500 square foot [418 square meter], 3 bedroom, 4 bath home was built in 2008 and has property tax exemption until 2028. The house was designed by a local architect and features a unique open-concept layout with a bonus room at front of house, which makes a great office, and three more above garage which could be used as a family room or fourth bedroom plus gym, since it has a bathroom. The bonus room above the front entrance has a balcony offering spectacular views.With extra-high ceilings in all rooms and ceiling fans inside and outside, of course no heating or air conditioning is required, but for those cool nights there is a two-sided gas fireplace in the dining room and living room. Granite counter tops in kitchen, plus professional grade stainless steel appliances including six-burner gas stove.Front and rear covered patios and second-floor balcony from bonus room at front take full advantage of the incredible mountain and forest views, as well as views of the ocean and the lights of David at night.Living on a golf course of course there is a 2008 EZGO electric golf cart included (new batteries 2014, new charger 2016).Other important features include 2½ car garage with electric door openers, secondary water filtration system with filters and ultra violet light, backup gasoline electrical generator and alarm system throughout the house,The house is situated on a 1 acre [4,065 meter] landscaped lot with irrigation system, lots of fruit trees (orange, lemon, lime, banana, mango, papaya) plus a vegetable garden. A gardener's workshop/storage shed with bathroom facilities. Tools and ladders are included.Additional photographs are available on request. Furnishings may be available, as well as Panamanian corporation, and 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. Available as a package deal including some furnishings, vehicle, corporation and a 1.25 acre building lot north of the village of Boqueron . Buy the total package for US$775,000. Contact: Dan MacDonald - danmacdonald54@gmail.com - 507-6645-9762 (Panama) - 519-900-2823 (North America)
  10. Fine Arts Group for Boquete area Panama. Share/Post your latest artwork, inspirations, links, workshops, classes, art shows, events, sharing, communication, etc. For local artists, painters, sculptors. Anyone member can post, no actual group, meetings or structure. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BoqueteArtist/
  11. Newly available! Condo for rent in downtown Boquete. Approximately 1300 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, two full baths, fully furnished, fully equipped kitchen, and balcony patio. Great location -- you can sit on the balcony and watch all the parades and cabalgatas as they go by. You are right downtown and walking distance to everything, so no car necessary! (Lot parking is available if you do have a car.) Rent is $1100.00 per month and includes all utilities along with high-speed internet. Available for immediate rental! For questions and to schedule an appointment to view the property, please contact Ana Kendrick at VIP Property Management: Facebook: VIP Property Management Boquete E-mail: vipboquete@gmail.com Phone: 6851 9503 (Panama)
  12. Mark your calendar. It's lunchtime in Boquete! Join us by emailing in your reservation to the email that's on the announcement.
  13. "Off the Beaten Path Trekking" Explore, Dream, Discover, on foot with the best pioneer nature trekking group in Boquete. We have explored over 40 trails in this vast and beautiful area throughout the years. Join us every Wed. & Fri. This Week - 8:30 A.M. WED. NATURE HIKING 3+hrs. for Intermediate to advanced hiker, nature lover, photographer. We love breathing fresh air and love being outside! FRI. EZ NATURE WALK 1-1/2 HOUR for Beginners, nature lover, photographer. We enjoy nature! We walk at a steady comfortable pace since, our primary interest is exploring, looking, admiring nature and discovering the unusual whenever the opportunity arises, which it has many times. Each of Boquete's seasons has something new to discover and to teach us about nature. What to pack: during the rainy season (this year until December) need raingear., also pack binocs if you have them, water, sun block, camera, wear hiking shoes or gym shoes with good outer sole treads and hiking sticks, I have some to loan out. Requirements: As always to be in good health and able to keep up with group, though as mentioned, we do not hike at a rapid pace stopping often to take in the scenery or discover something NEW. For more info email jere chica @ gmail .com (no spaces) Slowing down and going on a nature walks/hikes makes one more aware of their surroundings such as the different spice aromas flowing through the air or capturing a butterfly through your camera lens or looking at moss through a loupe lens in the rain forest. Nature walks are an interesting learning experience. For more information and to be placed on the Boquete EZ Nature Walks master list email Jere McCormick. See you on the trails - Jere McCormick Photos from the nature trails around the boquete District. .
  14. So we are busy preparing for our show next Saturday May 6, and I was thinking about the types of music one can find at an assortment of great venues here. So, I just wanted to get some feedback from you all about the types of music you prefer: when dining at a restaurant? When attending a concert? When driving down the road or At home relaxing? When having a drink? When at a party with friends? So far I've noticed the music scene here near Boquete seems to be composed of mainly 3 areas: 1. Jazz & Blues 2. Rock: 60's, 70's & 80's and Oldies/Pop-rock 3. Latin or Hispanic Music: Salsa/Meringue/Cumbia/Samba, Cubano, Panamanian,Tejano, Mariachi, etc. Have I forgotten any? What kind of music do you prefer to listen to? What genre of concerts or shows would you like to hear more often, or attend more of in Boquete? Who is your favorite Band or Artist? What Band or Artist would make you drive to David for a concert? What type(s) of music do you prefer to listen to at Christmas time? Traditional, jazzy, new music, latin music or Spanish, hymns/carols? Easy Listening, country, singer songwriter or folk type music? World music? Thanks for your time in answering. I think this could be very eye opening for the residents and the musicians in our area! Until next time, All the best MUSIC to you! DeDe & Larry (The photo is of Larry and I doing a 60's and 70's show at the ROCK in the fall of 2016, it was so fun and there were a lot of us locals singing along and dancing in the crowd...!)
  15. Honey, Pinky and Princesa are looking for a new home. Their human passed away a couple of weeks ago and there's no one who can take care of them, for now my husband's family (relatives of the lady) can just watch out for them, feed them and clean their area. We'd like to adopt them but we already have 3 dogs and we don't have enough space at home or resources. There's nobody home and we're worried about them getting depressed. Honey is 8 y/o, mixed breed, small-sized, curly hair, around 20lb, white with black and brown patches. Nature is reserved, likes calm spots. Pinky is ~5 y/o, mixed breed, medium-sized, around 40lb, long-haired, color white and black from mid-body to the rear legs. Nature is cheerful and likes to be petted. He is sterilized. Princesa is ~4 y/o, mixed breed, medium-sized, around 40lb, long-haired, color white. Nature is cheerful and likes to be petted. Pinky and Princesa are brothers, at the moment we are looking forward to sterilize Honey and Princesa, as it's most likely for them to find home if they are sterilized. Also it's required that Pinky and Princesa be adopted by the same person/family, they're very close and separation could be harmful for them. Honey does not get well along kids. The dogs are used to be indoors or at a terrace area, unleashed. They have their vaccines up-to-date. For contact please email to giodelalastra@gmail.com, we live at Barriada de las Flores, close to Los Naranjos .
  16. Condo for rent in Boquete Valley of Flowers. 1400 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, two full baths, fully furnished, fully equipped kitchen, beautiful large patio with view of the Jaramillo Mountains. The neighborhood is a quiet gated community on Volcancito Road 1/4 mile from the Boquete-David highway. No car necessary! Rent is $900.00 per month, and the condo will be available for rent starting June 15. For questions and to schedule an appointment to view the property, please contact Ana Kendrick at VIP Property Management: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vippropertymanagementboquete/ E-mail: vipproperty@gmail.com Phone: 6851 9503 (Panama)
  17. Linda622

    Why Boquete?

    WHY BOQUETE? People ask me all the time - Why Panama - and especially Why Boquete? Here's why: Two weeks ago at the Tuesday meeting the community was invited to a day of awareness (Heart in the Park) to learn how Boquete provides services for persons with disabilities. I mentioned the great work done by the Fundacion (FPI)better known as the Handicap Foundation - where recently volunteers went on a home visit and found a severely disabled man, living alone, in a shack with no roof, sleeping on cardboard using hose for water, his body racked with painful spasms. Yesterday, Romero got a new home. Two volunteers at the Foundation, Judy and Mike Hart asked him to come and live with them. He said "Yes."That's why I live here.
  18. For more information, please visit the websites links below, contact us at 011(507)6611-6049 - 011 (507) 720-1331 or you can email me at jazmin@casasolution.com: Enchanting House Plus Guesthouse in Exclusive Boquete Neighborhood - Encantadora Casa en Exclusivo Residencial Boquete List Price: $549,000 Price Furnished:$549,000 House Size: 3600 Sq.Ft 334.45 Sq.M Lot Size: 1509 Sq.M 0.37 Acres Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 This is a wonderful house plus guest house in an highly desirable neighborhood of high end homes. view more details http://www.casasolution.com/listing/enchanting-house-plus-guesthouse-in-exclusive-los-pinos-neighborhood-boquete/ Fantastic House and Big View Property with Stream in Palmira, Boquete, Panama - Fantástica Casa con Propiedad Grande Boquete List Price: $449,000 House Size: 3000 Sq.Ft 278.71 Sq.M Lot Size: 15,000 Sq.M 3.71 Acres Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 This fantastic estate house sits on 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) of beautiful, fertile property in the Palmira area of Boquete. view more details http://www.casasolution.com/listing/estate-house-property-palmira-boquete-panama/ The Mermaid House is Now For Sale in Downtown Boquete - With Guesthouse & Furnishings Boquete List Price: $429,000 Price Furnished:$429,000 House Size: 2500 Sq.Ft 232.26 Sq.M Lot Size: 500 Sq.M 0.12 Acres Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 view more details http://www.casasolution.com/listing/the-mermaid-house-is-now-for-sale-in-downtown-boquete/ 3 Bedroom House for Sale in Downtown, Boquete, Panama - Furnished Boquete List Price: $249,900 Price Furnished:$249,900 House Size: 2145 Sq.Ft 199.28 Sq.M Lot Size: 500 Sq.M 0.12 Acres Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4.5 Just a short walk to Avenida Central in downtown Boquete. The house is located is a tranquil neighborhood. view more details http://www.casasolution.com/listing/3-bedroom-house-for-sale-in-downtown-boquete/ Very High Quality Townhouse for Sale in Boquete Canyon Villlage - Townhouses de Muy Alta Calidad para Venta en Boquete Canyon Village Boquete List Price: $179,000 House Size: 1,500 Sq.Ft Lot Size: 555 Sq.M 0.14 Acres Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2.5 One of these two nicely appointed privately owned townhouses in Boquete Canyon Village development was just sold. Consider this other excellent unit before it is sold too. view more details http://www.casasolution.com/listing/townhouses-for-sale-in-boquete-canyon-villlage/ For your reference, here is what some clients have to say about Casa Solution: http://www.casasolution.com/testimonials-what-clients-say/ Also, here is some information For Buyers: http://www.casasolution.com/for-buyers/ And Real Estate News from Casa Solution: http://www.casasolution.com/category/real-estate-newsletter/
  19. I am curious to know if anyone has installed a heat pump in this area, to provide BOTH heating and cooling, with the typical ductwork. I realize an AC unit, whether central or a "split" is essentially a heat pump, without the ability to reverse the direction of the temperature change. And, having had heat pumps up north, I am not asking for general heat pump info, other than where someone might actually buy one in this area. While many people find no need for either cooling or heating more than a fan or a fireplace, lots of fans, an sweaters, that doesn't help with the humidity during the wet season or for rooms with less ventilation and no fireplace. I have been told that people don't put in central systems with ductwork because they don't want mold to form in the ducts. I wonder whether this is a fear that makes nobody try it, or in fact people have tried it and, even with a humidistat in the system to take moisture out of the air, they still had mold problems. So, I am interested in Where, preferably in the area, they might sell heat pumps and do duct installation work? Whether there are people who have put a heating/cooling/moisture control heat pump in their home in the Boquete area, and how it has worked out for them. If the heat pump idea doesn't work, I am wondering whether anyone has installed a "split" that can be used to heat OR cool. Thanks!
  20. Moderator Note: This topic originally was part of a topic related to a conversation with the new Boquete Police Captain Roberto Espinoza. (See http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/4775-getting-to-know-boquete-police-captain-roberto-espinoza/.) While related to that breakfast conversation with Captain Espinoza, it has taken on a specific theme, that of the reporting of crimes and the results from such reporting. The management of CL has concluded that this spinoff should be separated as its own topic. I hate to be the cynic here, but my experience with crime reporting has inspired no confidence in the Panamanian system of justice. A couple of years ago my next door neighbors were burgled at midday, while having gone to town for lunch. They returned in an hour and fifteen minutes to find an iPad, e-reader, jewelry, and camera missing. (A side door had been left unlocked, each having thought the other locked it.) Their big black dog was unharmed but clearly stressed. They both were relatively new residents at the time so, as a neighbor and as a U.S. warden, I offered to help with the reporting of the crime, as residents have been encouraged to do. A call to Rodny had sent the Police to the scene, but they conducted no investigation. They told my neighbor, over his fence, to report the crime at the Police station. I went there with him and, after a long delay, we were sent to the Personaria. I had put together in writing (Spanish) what had happened as it was simple and straightforward. Personnel at the Personaria were not interested in it, however. They said we would have to file a denuncia with one of their "agents" (for lack of a more precise term) and that we would need a translator from DIJ in David to do that. A phone call was made, and finally another appointment was made for a couple of days later to fit the translator's schedule. All of this took a good bit of time. That scheduled meeting was cancelled, however, when the translator couldn't make it after all, so there was another wasted trip downtown. About a week after the burglary, we finally met with the translator (who was very nice and very accommodating) and the employee/agent at the Personaria (who was dour and somewhat intimidating). My neighbor answered questions, many of which bore little or no relevance to the burglary, for over an hour even though this was a very simple matter with a limited number of viable suspects: i.e., someone who could see that they were leaving and who knew that the dog was harmless. Then, to top it off, the agent said the neighbor's wife also would have to come in an give a statement--again requiring the scheduling of a meeting with a translator-- even though, of course, she was with her husband the entire time and her testimony was exactly the same as her husband's. Moreover, there was ample opportunity ahead of time to notice us that she would be needed. After all this time and inconvenience, the neighbors never heard from the authorities again. So much for "work[ing] with and coordinat[ing] followup reports with the Personaria." This was as inefficient and non-productive a procedure as I have ever seen. It almost seems to designed to ensure that petty crimes will NOT be reported.
  21. Status: FOR SALE Price: $300,000 Address: Potrerillos Type: Farm and Ranch Style: Single Story Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 2 Suite: Yes Living Area: 1,100 square feet Year Built: 2014 This beautiful ranch house newly constructed to US standards in 2014 has incredible views of Volcan Baru, the Mountains of Caldera (continental divide) and the Pacific coast toward Boca Chica with constant year around breezes. The 5.5 acres sits at about 1500' elevation and is fenced, cross fenced with about 400 meters bordering a quebrada (stream) and planted in pasture.The property is 600 meters from the main Potrerillos highway to protect the solitude and yet is close to everything with a 15 minute drive to either David or Boquete. The house features a large open area with living room,gourmet kitchen, dining area and a full bath opening onto a large porch that overlooks the Pacific. Great place to entertain. There is also a master suite that opens onto a sitting porch facing east toward the continental divide and features a large bath and laundry room. The property has 2 sources of drinking water and a private well with pump house and irrigated vivero with solar and on -grid electrical which is separately fenced and gated. Plenty of room on this property to build a separate guest house or rental casita's. The property is planted with fruit trees maranon(cashew), mango, orange, lime, lemon,pineapple, guanabana, noni, cinnamon and many flowering trees and plants. A true paradise and a must see! There are an additional 3 seperately surveyed, fenced and gated lots with power and water adjacent to this property that can be sold as one parcel. They contain another +/- 3 acres. Total ranch is 3.43 hectares. Price for all is $400,000. Contact Steve @ sg.thwoods@gmail.com
  22. Lots For Sale La Acequia, Potrerillos Three beautiful building lots in Finca de Los Amigos. All lots are fenced and gated with water and electricity available at property boundary 300 to 500 meters off Via Potrerillos, 4 minutes to Dolega, 15 minutes to David and Boquete. 5 minutes to the international school in El Frances and 8 minutes to the newly opened regional hospital. 1500' elevation with year around breezes and views of Volcan Baru, Mountains of Caldera and the Pacific coast toward Boca Chica. Living in Paradise! Owner is a US licensed Engineer/Builder and is available for the design/build of your new home. Lot #1 - 2647m2 (2/3 acre) $35,000 $13.22/m2 Lot #2 - 3841m2 (.9 acres) $48,000 $12.50/m2 Lot #3 - 5,280 m2 ( 1.3 acres) $79,500 $15/m2 Steven Gibson 6900-0764(English) 6549-6462 (Spanish) Finca de los Amigos sg.thwoods@gmail.com
  23. Marcelyn and I scheduled a meeting between ourselves and the Boquete Police, Captain Roberto Espinoza. That meeting was held on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at Puente de Encuentro (aka Olga's) here in Boquete (behind the Dollar Store). The purpose for the meeting was to familiarize Captain Espinoza with CL, and other services that we may be able to offer him and his colleagues, and to get to know him better and publish that information to CL members. Given that my Spanish skills are not good, we invited a good friend -- Mitzi Clare Nash -- who is a licensed translator to join us for the breakfast meeting. Besides an excellent breakfast, courtesy of Olga, we had a very good conversation that lasted a bit short of one hour. What follows are the salient points that were discussed. First, a bit of background about Captain Espinoza. He was assigned to the Boquete office in December 2016. He is originally from Boquete, and so he knows the area very well. He soon will be achieving 30 years of police service. He could retire later this year, but no firm decision has been made at this juncture. We found Captain Espinoza to be an excellent listener and logical thinker. He was easy to approach, and always very professional, with a huge smile on his face most of the time, unless deep in thought. Boquete has 20 assigned officers. Ten of those officers are on duty at any time, and the other ten are resting and on standby in case of an emergency. They have only one (yes 1) vehicle, which is a Toyota HiLux truck. The truck on average gets about 5,000 kilometers every two weeks, and so service for the vehicle is a big issue, referring to the routine changing of oil and filters, etc. The current truck already has over 100,000 KM on it, and so there is no more factory warranty coverage. All parts and maintenance costs are strictly on the police department. Of the 20 officers for the Boquete office, Officer Pedro Guerra is the only one who is fluent in English. If you are competent in Spanish, or have access to either Rodny Direct or Alto Al Crimen resources, then there should be no language problem while calling for police assistance. Otherwise, look around for a neighbor or friend to help when you need to contact the police. When asked what the residents can do to help him, Captain Espinoza immediately responded without hesitation: anytime there is a crime type incident, it is very important to report it to the police, and if appropriate to make a denuncia (a sworn statement of an alleged crime), and then work with and coordinate followup reports with the Personaria (think of that as a local "district attorney"). Without the reports of every crime, it would be reasonable to expect two downsides: (a) the size of the Boquete police force might be reduced, and more importantly (b) if the police recover goods believed to be stolen but have no report to link the goods back to the rightful owner, then two undesirable outcomes are likely, first would be that the goods are not documented as stolen and so it is possible that the bad guy(s) could go free as there is no documented crime, and also you probably will never recover your stolen goods. We don't think you would like those outcomes. You need to be aware that Panama changed its legal accusatory system in the recent past. All of the laws and regulations about how someone gets officially charged with a crime have changed. There have been a few twists in how things work. One twist is that once the police believe they have the criminal in front of them for questioning, they are restricted as to what they can say or do. One example is that the police cannot take a picture of that person. All of these procedural rules were designed so as to protect the rights of an accused person. One violation of those rights (such as taking even one picture of the accused), even if unintentional, will most likely result in invalidating all of the evidence that would be used in a legal proceeding. It is not our purpose here to educate our readers about the new accusatory system, but you need to be aware of it, and that it might adversely affect the outcome of an incident that you are involved in. There are two issues that Captain Espinoza has very high on his list, hopefully to be achieved in the near future. First is the maintenance issue for their one truck. While it is in for service, they have no backup vehicle(s). By the way, we learned that the routine maintenance on their one truck is done (we believe he said without charge for labor) by Quick Fix, which is located across from Plaza Los Establos. (On the matter of maintenance parts and supplies, he did not solicit donations, but it sounded like if someone wanted to donate funds or the actual parts for the truck's routine maintenance that such a donation would be appreciated.) The second important goal is that of getting a better security facility at the Caldera bypass intersection on the David-Boquete highway. This really means two separate but related items. One is a barrier/entrance gate on the Caldera bypass road. And the second is the need for a "pull off shoulder" for vehicles to be removed from the main traffic lanes for additional inspection. Apparently the mayor of Boquete has to approve these items through the construction permit process, and so the police department is putting energy into getting the security gate and the bypass shoulder planned, designed, funded, approved, and constructed. The last area that we talked about was communications between the police and the residents. Captain Espinoza emphasized two items here: (a) use of the WhatsApp capability of mobile devices, and (b) the Vecinos Vigilantes program, which is known by gringos as Neighborhood Watch. Here are some pictures of Captain Roberto Espinoza, and Mitzi Clare Nash (our translator friend).
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