President Laura Chinchilla went to the Caribbean coast Thursday to sign a decree that established the limits of the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Gandoca-Manzanillo and excludes the urban areas adjacent to the park.
Casa Presidencial claimed that the decree would benefit 400,000 persons on the Caribbean coast.
The decree basically spares residents of having their homes demolished because they are inside the park boundaries. The president said she hoped the decree would generate economic development in the area.
The president had signed a freeze on demolition in the area in anticipation of laws to protect the residents. That was in September 2012.
Administration officials said that the problem was when the built-up areas were included in the park in the first place.