Today about forty members of the US community in Boquete took the time out of their busy schedules to meet the new US consul, Kent Brokenshire and the possibly outgoing US Ambassador Phyllis Powers. In this photo Price Peterson is doing introductions.
The meeting was short, the acoustics in the new third floor library meeting room are awful, so I confess I heard next to nothing of the dialogue. One thing did hit home. Don Ray mentioned that as far as the embassy knows there are twenty nine US citizens living in Boquete. Most of us are under the radar, this might be a good thing to many. But as tragedy struck Papa Ricco this week the Embassy had no idea how to find his next of kin. Price Peterson felt this might be important enough to people that they might want to register on a web site set up for this purpose. (The URL on the handout is incorrect)
Other tidbits from handouts are:
Appointments are now required for some services, routine Passport services, Notary services and child’s consular report or birth abroad and first passport. Use this URL for more information: http://panama.usembassy.gov/service.html
THE Americna Citizens Services Unit hours area;
M, T, TH 8:00AM -12:30PM, 1:30PM -3:00PM
Wednesday 8:00AM – 12 noon, Friday 8am -10am
And to make those work hours even more difficult they are closed for both US and Panamanian holidays.
Email : Panama-ACS@state.gov telephone: 207-7000
There was a push on voting for overseas residents, more information is at : http://www.fvap.gov