Here´s the issue....

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, December 08, 2018, 10:32 (222 days ago) @ zulualpha

Here´s the issue:

Zihua´s tourist sector is changing; new demographics have been emerging for a few years now, as you note. There is national tourism (big numbers, low spenders) and international tourism (low numbers, big spenders). Each has its own, distinct behavioural pattern. One example: National tourists go out for the evening starting at 10p.m. "Los gringos" are mostly in bed by that time.

In an effort to control the "all-night" bar crowd, in numbers largely, but not entirely, national tourists, City Hall wants all tables off the street (even in the daytime.) But in doing so, City Hall is trampling on an important tourist attraction for foreigners, who want to dine out-of-doors, under the stars, cobblestones underfoot, in the street! To repeat, that´s one big reason they come here.

City Hall is throwing the baby out with the bath water. They need to come up with a Plan "B," one that addresses the main problem, without creating another.

Methinks there is an exaggeration occurring here.

The number of street restaurants popular with foreign tourists in this part of town are about three, maybe four max. And there are much better restaurants under the stars fronting the beach.

Allowing restaurants that only use the street for their dining area because they have no other space is unfair to the restaurants who actually built or rented large enough spaces to accommodate their diners as well as those who have outdoor dining, like Coconuts or El Mediterráneo. Pizza joints that opened up and that at first depended on deliveries and take-outs later blocked half the street with tables. Calles Pedro Ascencio, Agustín Ramírez, Cuauhtémoc and Hermenegildo Galeana saw one eatery and bar after another pop up and simply use only the sidewalk and street for their diners and drinkers with little regard for pedestrians. The restaurants and bars are still being allowed to use the sidewalks, just not the street, so you can still "dine out-of-doors, under the stars, cobblestones underfoot" at those two or three restaurants popular with some foreigners that have been forced to remove their tables from the streets.

This is a photo of Calle Pedro Ascencio from 5 years ago. No tables in the street here.

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