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About 2000 From Nosara Will Protest on July 25th
• Demonstrators Will Demand Pavement for Route 160

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo

Members of different social and community organizations from Nosara will march to Nicoya July 25th to request that the government incorporate pavement over route 160 in the budget. 

In a letter sent on May 28th (pdf) to President Laura Chinchilla, members of distinct community groups of Nosara expressed their disagreement with the deplorable state of route 160 and qualified it as almost impassable. 

Marcos Avila, president of the Nosara Development Association, explained that upon not receiving a response to the letter from the president, about 1,700 demonstrators will march peacefully to the central park of Nicoya. 


At last years July 25 celebration President Laura Chinchilla's walked through the streets of Nicoya with Guancaste Congressman Luis Antonio Aiza.

“What we ask is the pavement of the 30 kilometers along route 160 from the gas station of Samara to Nosara. Since last year they have been telling us that the money is there but they’re just tales.  If we don’t receive an answer from the government, we’re going to declare our displeasure to the president,” assured Avila.   

Avila confirmed that the mayor of Nicoya, Marcos Jimenez, will join the Nosaran movement as “he is also very indignant,” he expressed. 

Maintanance of Route 160 Begins First Week of July

While awaiting the pavement of the national route 160, the PLN Representative Luis Antonio Aiza affirmed that the budget is now ready for maintenance of the gravel along the route and that it will receive maintenance during early July. 

“The money is already approved. It’s 80 million colones ($160,000) to fix the route and we hope that within 15 to 22 days the machinery from MOPT will be working in the location,” he explained. 

When consulted about the demonstrations planned for July 25th, Aiza expressed that “if there is a demonstration, let it be peaceful so it doesn’t cloud a celebration as important as that of the annexation.”

“We know how problematic the roads are in the Nicoyan coastal zone, and we are doing what we can with what is in the budget,” he assured. 

MOPT Doesn’t Respond

Last year, a letter was also sent to the Ministry of the Presidency demanding “real and concrete” solutions to four urgent points: the possible closure of the Nosara garbage dump, the saturation of the EBAIS, the pavement of route 160 and more patrol vehicles for the Public Force.

However, the march was canceled because, according to Avila, the President Laura Chinchilla, responded immediately to the letter and sent the former Vice Minister of Transport Maria Lorena Lopez Rosales to a meeting in Nicoya with Avila, presenting a set of copies of the plans for the Nosara-Samara highway. 

But in April, the Vice Minister resigned her post and along with her the progress ended. 

Since late April, VON has tried to obtain comments from MOPT about progress on the pavement project, but the press department indicates that they still aren’t up to date about the issue and therefore can’t respond. 


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Servicentro Nicoya Under Scrutiny for Closing Passageway and Possible Illegal Construction

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At the same time that ministers of the Republic have been under investigation for evading taxes, the internal auditor of the Municipality of Nicoya, Gilberto Lizano Elizondo, has also been under investigation for evading real estate taxes since 1997, as detailed in a report by the directive organ that investigated the case.

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