Lawmakers want to change canton name to that of Sarchí

There is another name-change movement in the legislature. This time lawmakers are seeking to change the name of the canton of Valverde Vega to that of its principal town, Sarchí.

That change has been proposed by Franklin Corella Vargas, Javier Cambronero Arguedas and Nidia Jiménez Vásquez, all  of the Partido Acción Ciudadana.

Lawmakers recently took final action on changing the name of the Canton of Aguirre to Quepos on the central Pacific coast. The argument is about the same for Sarchí: More recognition from tourists.

The town of Sarchí is famous for it furniture and oxcarts. Many of the nation’s provinces and cantons bear the name of the principal administrative center.

San José is the central canton of the province of San José. Limón is the administrative center of the province of Limón.

And Alajuela is the central canton of the province of Alajuela, not to mention Heredia, Cartago and Puntarenas.

The one problem is that lawmakers are in a period when the executive branch sets the agenda, so Corella Vargas said in a statement he would like Casa Presidencial to put the name-change bill on the list.

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