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Nosara Turns 24

By Gerardo Brenes
photos por Marta Boeger

Nosara downtown in 1996. The Tope (Horse riding parade) is going around the soccer field during the Fiestas of that year

On January 26th we celebrated the creation of our District: Nosara. Therefore this could well be considered the most important local calendar date. Twenty-four years ago this region, which now forms the sixth district of the Canton of Nicoya, belonged to the central district of the canton.  In other words, we were part of the District of Nicoya. 

As you might imagine, this had a series of negative effects on the life of Nosarans, especially in aspects of political representation. Visionaries like brothers Claudio “Cuyo” and Bolívar Ávila, Jhonny Mayorga and his wife Amada, José Juárez and others took action and put earnest effort into obtaining the declaration of district for the region that includes Garza, Los Angeles, Delicias, South Esperanza, Nosara, Santa Marta, Las Flores, San Juan and Río Montaña. Thanks to their efforts, that distant and overlooked region of the center of Nicoya was converted into a new district.    

The effort received the support of the municipal mayor at that time, Marvin Rodriguez, and of the Municipal Council, who decided in favor of the creation and processed it through the Minister of Government at that moment, Rolando Ramirez Paniagua, who is cousin of Franklin Paniagua. The Minister not only obtained the go-ahead for the executive decree from then-President of the Republic Oscar Arias, but also traveled to Nosara on that occasion to put his signature on the document.  

Thus it was that January 26, 1988, the creation of our district was approved. As an interesting bit of trivia, it was initially called Baltodano District in honor of landowner Filemon Baltodano, who was the owner of the most land in the region and was the principle negotiator in the sale of properties, including his own, to Allan Hutchinson, the original developer of what is now “Playas de Nosara,” also known as “The American Project.” But afterward the name was changed for that of Nosara and its head Bocas de Nosara. The Municipality of Nicoya of that time even conformed the first District Council. Barco Quebrado was not included because it already belonged to the district of Samara.

Thus a new administrative unit was born for the canton of Nicoya that would mean better and more direct representation from the zone among the entities of municipal power as in the case of syndics and councilmen. This new situation, along with the growing foreign investment with direct capital contributions and better organization at the local level has permitted Nosara to occupy a more prominent place in the life of the canton and to bring together better conditions for all of those who live here, either from birth or arriving afterward. 

Although a lot of work remains to be carried out, especially revolving around the quality of life for all of its inhabitants and the creation of better conditions for the development of tourism, which is our principle source of income, we should therefore celebrate birthday number 24 of our dear district: NOSARA.  

May this article serve toward opening a healthy discussion about ourselves and about the future of our district and our region, as well as serving as notification to prepare to celebrate big next year the 25th anniversary of Nosara. 


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