Officials hope to have a temporary dock at Naranjo by Semana Santa

Contract workers have begun building a temporary dock for the Gulf of Nicoya ferry at Naranjo. Government officials said they hope the job will be done by Semana Santa, which begins for many March 27.

The temporary dock will cost some 67 million colons (about $127,000), said Luis Fernando Coronado, the director of the División Marítimo Portuaria, in release. The firm Constructora Náutica J y J S.A. is doing the job, he said.

Playa Naranjo is on the Nicoya peninsula and the ferry runs to there from Puntarenas. This is a major access route to the upper part of the peninsula. A second ferry route docks at Paquera to the south.

The contract also must clean the site because there are pieces of the former dock that may cause damage to the ferry hulls. The wind and high seas destroyed the previous dock.

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