A week has come and gone and we still don’t have the permit to build. Even with the help of the facilitator, the process is so slow. The facilitator has gone to the Quepos municipality on our behalf several times trying to spur them into action without much success. Now it appears that we are playing the “waiting game.” Evidently, there is only one person (engineer) at the muni who can sign off on permits. The engineer told the facilitator that he is very busy working on a lot of other permit requests.
It’s been about five weeks since we’ve submitted our permit request. Originally, the facilitator was confident that he could have the permit within three or four weeks. He will tell us that it’s going to be ready in a few days and then those few days go by and still we don’t have that darn permit! We continue to wait and wonder…what’s the problem? Obviously, not having all of the paperwork (proof that the well water is drinkable and the certification from Senara that our well is properly registered) at the very beginning caused some delays. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the engineer put our permit request at the bottom of his pile while we gathered the two missing pieces. Or, maybe the facilitator somehow annoyed the engineer. The waiting is really testing our patience even Eddie who has the patience of a saint!
On Friday we were told that the permit would be ready today or at the latest tomorrow. We haven’t received an update from the facilitator so it’s anybody’s guess. On Wednesday, we leave for Guatemala to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and we’ll be gone for a week. If we don’t get the permit tomorrow, it will have to wait until we return. Tick tock, tick tock…we are running out of time!