Nosara, Nicoya

Nosara Will Seek to Unite Under a Single Political Force in Order to Develop District

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Due to the unfavorable results for those who were seeking to create the municipal district council (CMD) of Nosara, some community leaders are already planning strategies to achieve the objectives that they were seeking with their administrative independence.

On Sunday, June 3, voting day, the ‘yes’ camp garnerd 5,293 votes, more than the 2,680 that ‘no’ supporters earned (according to a preliminary count), but voters who were seeking to create a CMD didn’t reach the threshold of 15 percent of registered voters (6,130) needed in order to win. Both camps say that there the outstanding ballots yet to be processed won’t change the ‘no’ camp’s win.

Nicoyans are still awaiting the plebiscite’s official results. Representatives, members of the organizing committee and election judges expect to finish counting ballots this Wednesday or Thursday and give a final result on Friday, June 8 during a city council session, according to committee president Raymer Loáiciga.

The numbers have made some Nosarans said, but others hope to generate a common cause. Residents hope that the district’s unity helps achieve two objectives. One is having greater presence in Nicoya city hall, and the second is forming a district force that applies political pressure demanding solutions to their problems.

The groups of the plebiscite are already talking about a meeting so that instead of dividing ourselves into two parties, we can create a single political force to represent us before city council and the mayor’s office,” said Nosara resident Andrés González

Organizations like the the Comprehensive Development Association (ADIN), Nosara Recicla and the Community Security Committee now have a common objective that unites their particular causes: the search for local governance, according to Jessica Sheffield, from Nosara Recicla. That gives them more leverage to apply political pressure, she said.

There are a lot of organized groups, and they all have very precise objectives,” Sheffield said. “We can find a common cause that encompasses us from different perspectives.”

Second Attempt

In this search for self-governance, the representative and president of ADIN said that the community hasn’t ruled out pushing for a new plebiscite which, according to the law, could be held within two years.

City hall got the message and, if in two years they return a portion of public works to the community, it wouldn’t be necessary to push for another plebiscite. If the opposite happens, we would do the process over again,” Avila said.

Mayor Adriana Rodríguez said at the meeting organized by The Voice of Guanacaste that if ‘no’ voters won, the city’s would continue working hand-in-hand with organizations in Nosara just as, according to her, has been the case on issues such as trash collection.

The process for contracting out trash collection in Nosara is already in the supplier department ready for bidding,” Rodriguez said.  “In the coming days we expect to start the process of trash collection in Nosara.”