President, other officials are off to Guanacaste in advance of the holiday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As is traditional, the president and other government officials will be touring Guanacaste starting Tuesday in advance of the national holiday a week from today. On the holiday, July 25, President Luis Guillermo Solís and his cabinet will meet at 9 a.m. in the CoopeAlianza, Nicoya, and then at noon for a meeting of the  Consejo Municipal de Nicoya in nearby Parque Recaredo Briceño.

The holiday marks the 192nd anniversary of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya. That was the time in 1824 when leading citizens in the Nicoya area decided to cast their lot with Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua.

The central government officials will be fielding a lot of complaints, including one about a 1915 decree by Alfredo González Flores  that put the southern part of the peninsula in the province of Puntarenas.

The  Municipalidad de Nicoya is leading 10 other municipalities in trying to overturn the decree. The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo plans a hearing Oct. 6 on the matter.

Solís begins his tour Tuesday with the inauguration of a data center at the  Universidad Invenio located between Cañas and Tilarán. Wednesday he meets with rice farmers and participates in a ceremony to kick off construction of widening the Interamericana Norte between Liberia and Cañas.

This 1924 map still shows the entire peninsula as Guanacaste.

This 1924 map still shows the entire peninsula as Guanacaste.

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