As part of an official tour to the western part of the country, President Luis Guillermoo Solís visited the new Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas station in Cipancí at the northern end of the Gulf of Nicoya Tuesday.
An announcement said that the new station would improve response time in that area of the gulf. The area has been served by the Guardacostas station in Golfito, at least an hour away.
Crews at the new station will have responsibility for Níspero, Costa de Pájaros, the Isla Chira, the Isla Caballo, the Isla Venado, Paquera and Tambor. They are expected to begin their duties in a month and a half with the station becoming fully functional in six months.
The station also will be used by the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación and the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura, said officials.