The reason at the time was that the operator of the business, identified by the last names of Montiel Matarrita, had changed the use from a souvenir store to one selling food. The park is adjacent to the colonial Iglesia de San Blas, which is a tourist attraction.
At one point the Sala IV constitutional court awarded the man hundreds of millions of colons as damages. Officials said that award equaled the annual municipal budget.
The municipality continued to fight and brought the case in 2010 to the Juzgado de lo Contencioso Administrativo y Civil de Hacienda. That court voided the award. the businessman appealed, and it was the rejection of the appeal that officials announced Thursday.