July 25 is just a week away, and that is the celebration of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya. So public officials will be telling Guanacaste residents what they have done for them lately.
The latest is an announcement by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes that more than a kilometer of roadway in the community of Nicoya has been fixed up. This is the Boulevar San Martín that now has a center island, thanks to a $740,000 expenditure by the ministry.
Some 50 native trees have been planted in the islands, said the ministry.
Traditionally, the central government extolls its work in various communities depending on the holiday. This year, President Laura Chinchilla will be going to Santa Cruz in Guanacaste for the annual cabinet meeting. Then there will also be a celebration in Nicoya.
The mayor of Nicoya is of a different political party, and he has vowed not to attend the celebration.
In 1824 the political leaders of Guanacaste had to decide if their province would become part of Costa Rica or of Nicaragua. They choose Costa Rica, and the ceremonies next week are to show the country’s appreciation.
Independence day ceremonies in September usually are held in Cartago, and railway workers are trying to get the valley line finished to that community in time for Ms. Chinchilla to travel there for another cabinet meeting. Cartago was the capital when independence was declared.