Nicoya council to mourn the loss of southern part of peninsula Sunday

The government of the Canton of Nicoya says it will declare a period of provincial mourning Sunday as part of its battle to reclaim the southern part of the peninsula.

The mayor, Marco Antonio Jiménez Muñoz, noted in a statement that exactly 100 years have passed since the then-president Alfredo González Flores issued a decree incorporating the districts of  Lepanto, Cóbano, Paquera and islands in the Gulf of Nicoya to the canton of Puntarenas.

The Nicoya municipal government has claimed lately that  González Flores did not have the power to do that and that a law was required to change the boundaries of the province of Guanacaste.

Jiménez said that those who support the cause will gather in the Parque Recaredo Briceño at 5 p.m. and that lights will be dimmed for five minutes and 100 candles will be lighted to mark the passage of time.

The municipality is involved in a court case to recover the districts.

González Flores apparently took the action because transportation across the waters of the gulf was more efficient at the time.

Residents of the lower part of the peninsula still have to cross the gulf either by ferry or by the Puente de Amistad further to the north to handle local governmental paperwork.

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