Hearing today seeks to overturn 1915 decree on southern Nicoya

The Municipalidad de Nicoya is 100 percent behind an effort to overturn a 1915 presidential decree and create the 12th canton of Guanacaste, according to the mayor, Marco Antonio Jiménez.

A former legislator associated with the municipality, Mario Arrendo Calderón, has filed the claim, which contends that former president Alfredo González Flores did not have the legal power to place the southern part of the Nicoya peninsula under the control of the canton of Puntarenas.

González did so in a decree issued Oct.18, 1915, and Arrendo said that the reason was to temporarily do so because transportation was better via sea from Puntarenas to the peninsula. That reasoning is not correct now, he has argued because there are roads connecting the area of Paquera, Lepanto and Cóbano with Guanacaste to the north.

The idea is to unit the three southern districts with those of Guanacaste.

The preliminary hearing in the case is today in the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo which adjudicates problems with governmental actions. The former lawmaker also wants to include the islands in the gulf of Nicoya into Guanacaste. They now are also in the province of Puntarenas.

The proposal is to create the 12th canton of Guanacaste to include the islands and Lepanto, Cóbano and Paquera. The resulting canton would be called La Peninsula, according to the proposal. The hearing will be in the court building in Goicoechea.

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