Santa Cruz reported getting arena OK

Santa Cruz residents will get their fiesta later this month complete with bull riding, legislators said Thursday.

A group of lawmakers and local politicians met with María Elena López, the minister of Salud, in a discussion that included donuts and coffee.

The key element for the fiesta is Plaza López,known locally as Los Mangos.

Juan Marín Quirós, who represents that area, reported later that the minister said that the more than 100-year tradition could continue when organizers present the appropriate paperwork to obtain permission. The fear was that the health ministry would deny permission based on the condition of the arena.

Marín reported the outcome of the meeting. The event is the Fiesta de Santiago, and it is July 24 to 27. Also part of the discussion was a fiesta in January.

Also present at the meeting was  Jorge Chavarría, municipal mayor, and members of the organizing committee, said Marín in a statement.

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