Long-running court case finally over for Nicoya

Municipalidad de Nicoya photo
This is a file photo of the controversial business and its location near the church. The building has been demolished.

The Municipality of Nicoya said Thursday that it has finally prevailed in a court action that began in 1997 when the municipal council declined to renew the business license for a small eating place on the central park.

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.

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