Guanacaste has its day with legal holiday today

Some 120 students at the Escuela José María Zeledón in Curridabat dressed to celebrate the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya Friday. They were serenaded by 37 Blue, a musical group made up of Fuerza Pública officers from Cartago. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública/Guillermo Solano

Today is a legal holiday, the 187th celebration of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya. As is traditional, the president and ministers are giving priority to Guanacaste.

President Laura Chinchilla has been busy over the weekend cutting ribbons. She inaugurated the Las Pailas geothermal power plant and a new promenade at the beach in Playas del Coco. She also announced or confirmed a number of projects.

One was the expansion of the existing Cañas-Liberia highway from two to four lanes. Bids are being accepted until next Monday. She also promised residents that pedestrian walkways would be installed.

Also being rebuilt are eight kilometers of Ruta 911 between Sardinal, Artola and Nueva Colón. The project is designed to have a positive impact on tourism by giving better access to beaches in Matapalo, Potrero and Flamingo. Asphalt is being put down.

The $564,000 promenade in Plays del Coco is called the Boulevard Amor de Temporada. It is 400 meters long, more than 1,300 feet. Stalls on the walkway will be filled by local artists and souvenir sellers, said Casa Presidencial.

During the trip the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería announced a 13-million-colon ($26,000) grant to help develop oyster production in the Gulf of Nicoya. And the Asociación Ganadera de Cañas received symbolic checks representing a 75-million-colón ($150,000) grant to build a biodigester to handle cattle waste. It will produce gas, fertilizer and electricity, said Casa Presidencial.

Today is the time for the traditional Consejo de Gobierno, a meeting of the president’s cabinet, in Nicoya and a celebration between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Parque Central de Nicoya. The holiday recognizes the decision taken by political leaders to join their land to Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua.

After the celebration, Ms. Chinchilla is scheduled to check on progress at the new terminal being constructed at the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia. That will be at 2 p.m.

Today is one of those obligatory pay holidays. Employees have the right to double pay if they have to work today.

Also today the license plate restrictions on vehicles in the center city is suspended. A.M. Costa Rica publishes, but its office will not be open today.

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