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Celebration of Nicoya’s Anexión
President Laura Chinchilla made promises to the Nicoyanos

by Oliver Pérez


On July 25th, during the Guanacastecos’ celebration of the 186th Anniversary of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya to Costa Rica, President Laura Chinchilla arrived at the city’s park and there, in front of hundreds of people that attended the celebration, she announced that the plans for the road between Samara and Nosara are now ready and, in addition, the necessary funds to asphalt it have been approved.

The Ministro de Obras Públicas y Transportes (Minister of Public Works and Transportation), Francisco Jiménez, explained that during the first half of 2011 they will start the bid and awarding phase of the project. “This means that, during the first three months of 2011, we will be putting out to tender the road’s construction project and, in the next three months, we will choose the company in charge of the work”, he mentioned.

In addition, Jiménez explained that the eviction process of the properties located next to the road is not finished yet but that, by the end of this year, they will be dealing with this issue by meeting with the property’s current occupants.

“We want Guanacaste to be a region of less contrast, one in which economic dynamism is linked to a more balanced social development. This morning (July 25th), at the Consejo de Gobierno, our administration has established concrete measures in order to strengthen a more comprehensive development” explained President.

On other subjects, the President also announced the construction of a new Medical Tower at the Nicoya Hospital, which will be able to accommodate 130 additional beds.

During the July 25th Celebration, José Pablo Jiménez Obando, an 11 year-old boy and student at the Escuela Antonio Maceo, at La Mansión de Nicoya, commenced the list of speeches with welcoming words for President Chinchilla and her Cabinet. These were tinged with Guanacaste’s folklore as he mixed retahílas (which can be described as a humorous “string of nonsense”), bombas and some of the province’s traditional sayings. His speech was well-accepted by the audience, who laughed with his words.

One curious detail was the large number of children who went up to the head table where the President was in order to say hi and, while the Mayor and the Legislator gave their speeches, Chinchilla was chatting with the little ones that came up to her to give her letters and kisses.

The President also signed a decree that creates the Consejo Nacional de la Industria Aeroespacial (National Council for Aerospace Industry), which the Ministra de Ciencia y Tecnologia (Minister of Science and Technology), Clotilde Fonseca, will preside over. The decree’s goal is to better qualify and invest in the space industry, under an agreement with Franklin Chang’s company, Ad Astra, which is located in Liberia.

Finally, in addition to the aforementioned promises made by President Chinchilla, that day she expressed support for Guanacaste’s farmers by announcing that a regional market will be built at Carrillo. Similar to Cenada, which is currently operating in Barreal, Heredia, this project will benefit 5,000 farmers from Guanacaste.


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Has there been a rise in crime rates in Nosara?
Yes, whenever there is a growth in tourism, there is also a growth in delinquency.

According to Jason Vargas, Chief of Nosara’s Tourist Police, during the past nine months crime rates have not increased. Do you agree?
Yes, and not only did it not increase but it even decreased, not drastically, but we are aware that it has decreased.
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